NH DHHS - Baby Strollers Recalled Because of Strangulation Risk

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is letting residents know that there has been a recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with Graco Children’s Products Inc. of over 2 million baby strollers due to the risk of entrapment and strangulation. Graco has received four reports of infant deaths due to these products and other reports of injury.

Children especially under the age of 12 months are at risk when they are not buckled in. A child can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation. A voluntary standard requires larger openings between the tray and the seat that prevent entrapment.

“There may be many dangers in the world for young children,” said Dr. José Montero, “but the stroller they sit in shouldn’t be one of them. We are trying to help get this message out to prevent any more children from being harmed. Please check the model number of any Graco stroller you use to make sure it is not being recalled and never leave a young child unattended.”

This recall involves Graco Quattro Tour™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to November 2006 and MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007. These strollers were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide between November 2000 and December 2007.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To view the list of specific models recalled, go to www.gracobaby.com. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 828-4046 anytime, or visit the website. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a “travel system.” When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present. Consumers can also contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.