Graco Children's Products based in Atlanta, Ga has announced a mass voluntary recall of their Metrolite and Quattro strollers due to entrapment and strangulation. The recall affects over 2 million strollers and if you or someone you know uses these strollers, please stop using it immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have received four infant death reports of strangulation due to the stroller. These infant death reports were from 2003 to 2006 and in addition, five other infant injuries were reported as a result of entrapment.
The recall affects the older Metrolite and Quattro Graco strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to 2008. The main concern with these older models are that entrapment and strangulation can occur when a child is not harnessed or snapped in properly. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, and the head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants younger than 12 months who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation. Since Janurary 2008, Graco has implemented a height restriction at the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. 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 are not present due to the space gap being closed.
The travel systems and strollers were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. The model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name “Graco” appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. For a complete list of models that are included in this recall click here.
The recalled Graco strollers were manufactured in China and sold nationwide at retail stores such as Babies R Us, Sears, Target and more. If you are in possession of this stroller, please stop using it immediately and contact Graco for a repair kit at (877) 828-4046 or visit the website. When using a stroller, please make sure the child is safely and securely fastened in the harness and never leave a child unattended.