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Recall of the Week: 11 models of Graco Strollers due to fingertip amputation hazard

Graco BreezeLARGEGraco is recalling about 4.7 million strollers in United States, about 202,000 in Canada, and about 10,300 in Mexico.

The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

Graco has received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation, and one finger laceration, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

This recall includes eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.

All models are a single-occupant stroller with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle.

Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel. Click here to see the model names and numbers included in the recall.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Recalls+RSS

The strollers were sold at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from August 2000 through November 2014. The cost was about $40 to 70 for the stroller and about $140 to $170 for the Travel System.

Consumers should contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit, the company and commission advise. Repair kits will be available from the firm at the beginning of December 2014.

While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.

For more information, call Graco Children’s Products at 800-345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.gracobaby.com and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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