Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazard: 1.5 Million Graco Strollers Recalled

Approximately 1.5 million Graco strollers, including specific model numbers of Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems, have been recalled due to a significant fingertip amputation and laceration hazard. According to a report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the stroller recall on January 20, 2010 due to the risk posed to children when the canopy of the designated strollers are opened or closed. Consumers are advised to stop using the strollers and contact Exton, PA-based Graco Children’s Products Inc. for a free repair kit.

The strollers were recalled after Graco received reports of five children having their fingertips severed, leaving them disfigured, and two children receiving cuts on their fingertips. Apparently the risk of these injuries is presented when a child places their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge as the canopy is being opened or closed. The strollers were sold nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009 at multiple stores including Target, Wall-Mart, Babies R Us, Sears, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and many others.

As the second major stroller recall since November 2009, which was also connected to an issue with a hinge mechanism, the CPSC will be examining all strollers with similar designs connected to fingertip amputation and injury. For additional information on the stroller recall, consumers can call 1-800-345-4109.

Incidents of children being injured by defective products can be some of the most devastating personal injury events. As consumers, parents trust that manufacturers of children’s products create items that are safe and free of defect. However, as demonstrated by the recent stroller recall, this is not always the case.

If your child has suffered injury from a defective or recalled stroller, or from any other product, please contact Mark LeWinter at Anapol Weiss. Our experienced defective stroller injury attorneys may be able to help you hold negligent manufacturers legally responsible for your child’s suffering and subsequent expenses. Call 866-735-2792 today for a free consultation.

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