As a Chicago personal injury and product liability attorney, I strongly encourage all parents to stay on top of any product recalls, especially those involving infants and young children. Parents with the affected strollers should replace their strollers immediately in order to ensure the safety of their infant. Since the recalled strollers are models made before 2007, parents who received strollers from friends or family, or are using a stroller they purchased for an older child should make sure their stroller is not the affected model.
This week, Baby gear maker Graco recalled “about 2 million strollers after receiving reports of four infant strangulations in the strollers.” (Washington AP. 10/20). The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall mid last week, stating that the deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005.
According to the CPSC, the danger arises when an infant is not property strapped into the stroller. Without being properly secured, the infant “can slide through the opening between the stroller tray and the bottom of the seat,” which can cause the child to get caught and be strangled.
The strollers being recalled are older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers, all made before 2007.