Graco recalled nearly 5 million strollers Thursday after 11 reports of finger injuries, including six fingertip amputations.
The company recalled 11 models of Graco- and Century-branded strollers and travel systems with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. The strollers were made from August 2000 to Sept. 25, 2014.
The strollers have a sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a fold-release mechanism on the handle. The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller could pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard, the company said.
Graco has received 11 reports of injuries, including six reported fingertip amputations, four reported partial fingertip amputations and one finger laceration, according to information posted on the Consumer Products Safety Commission website.
Graco said it notified the commission as soon as it was aware that the strollers posed a potential risk. “While these injuries are unfortunate, the injury rate is 2.3 injuries per million strollers sold,” the company said in a statement. Graco said nearly 85 percent of the strollers being recalled were sold more than seven years ago.
The recall includes about 4.7 million strollers in the United States, about 202,000 in Canada and about 10,300 in Mexico.
The strollers were made in China and were sold at retailers including Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. They ranged in price from about $40 to $70 for a stroller, and from about $140 to $170 for a travel system.
Graco is offering free repair kits, to be available in December. Until a repair kit is received, people are being told to use extreme care when unfolding the stroller, making sure the hinges are firmly locked before a child is placed into the stroller. The company also advised people to take a child out of a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.
Customers seeking more information can call Graco at 800-345-4109 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or go to gracobaby.com.