Graco, a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., announced a recall today of approximately 2 million of its baby strollers after four babies were strangled from 2003 through 2005 in the Quattro Tour and MetroLite models, according to an agency statement.
An baby who is not properly strapped in can fall through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but the babies head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Babes who become entrapped at the neck area are at risk of strangulation. The CPSC said these were the probable reasons of the death of the infants.
Graco reported the four 2003-2005 stroller deaths to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as required by law, company President Doug McGraw said in an interview. The company and the CPSC then decided to stress teaching consumers to use safety harnesses in the strollers to prevent accidents rather than taking other action, he said.
In addition to the four deaths, the CPSC has received five reports of infants becoming trapped in the strollers, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having trouble breathing.
The contraption that are being recalled are the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems with the following codes 8755, 8324, 4600, 8740, 8994, 8676 and 8910.
Graco is offering a repair kit and a wider opening on newer models of the strollers is supposed to eliminate the hazard.
Strollers made in 2008 and afterwords were given a safety improvement.