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Graco has issued a product defect recall for nearly 5 million Graco and Century baby strollers due to dangerous hinges that can pinch a child’s finger resulting in severe cuts or finger amputation.
According to a CBS news report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of 4.7 million strollers in the United States, and thousands more that were sold in Canada and Mexico.
Reports of Finger Amputations
The problem with these strollers involves the folding hinge on the sides of the recalled strollers. So far, there have been 11 reports of finger injuries including six fingertip amputations and four partial fingertip amputations.
The strollers were made by Graco and include model names such as Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.
They were all produced between August 1, 2000 and September 25, 2014.
The strollers were sold at nationwide retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us as well as online on Amazon.com. Those who own these strollers should contact Graco for a free repair kit, which will be available in early December.
Graco is asking that consumers be “extremely careful” when unfolding the stroller and make sure that the hinges are locked in place firmly before placing the child in the stroller.
For more information about this recall, please call 1-800-345-4109.
Be Wary of Recalled Children’s Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls hundreds of products each year. If a product is recalled, it must be removed from store shelves. However, recalled products, especially children’s products, can still be found in yard sales or in the second-hand market.
Do not buy a recalled children’s product. Visit the CPSC’s website, recalls.gov for a complete list of product recalls. To find out about recalls as they happen, sign up for free e-mail alerts directly from CPSC’s website.
If your child has been injured as the result of a defective product, please remember that he or she has rights. You can seek compensation on behalf of your child for damages such as medical expenses, permanent injuries, disfigurement, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
In cases where applicable, punitive damages may also be sought against the product manufacture in addition to compensatory damages. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.