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William B. Eadie | Apr 6, 2015

Child Fingertip Amputations Leads to a Recall of 5 Million Graco Strollers

Categories: Product Liability

New parents face a huge array of choices when it comes to getting equipped for baby, and the options can be bewildering. Above all, you’re worried about safety: is this the right thing for my child? When we had our first little girl, just figuring out which car seat, stroller, and crib to buy was a research project. Along with the other few hundred things you have to learn.

Strollers are one of the biggest investments parents can make, and you want to trust that you are using a stroller that will keep your child safe. The manufacturer and seller have the duty to produce and sell safe products—but what “safe’ means can depend on the state in which you live. In every state, however, manufacturers need to prevent, warn about, or recall products with unreasonably unsafe risks.

Graco brand strollers have recalled five million strollers due to the risk of child fingertip amputations. There have been 11 different reports of finger injuries; therefore Graco has recalled 11 different models of the strollers sold within the last 14 years. The finger injuries include six reports of fingertip amputation, four partial-fingertip amputations, and one finger laceration. The models being recalled include the Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling, and TravelMate. These models were made and sold between August of 2000 through September 2014.

The slide fold-lock hinge mechanism on the side of the stroller and the fold-release mechanism that is located on the handle of the stroller is the danger towards children. The folding hinges on the sides have posed dangers to children’s fingers by pinching them. Because of this laceration and amputation hazard, the strollers are being recalled. The recall includes a total of approximately 4.7 million strollers in the United States, 202,000 in Canada, and 10,300 in Mexico. They were sold at popular retailers such as Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.

Please share this story with parents and friends so they can check whether they’re using—or gifted—these strollers.