January 20, 2010

Uh-Oh, Better Recall Graco! For Their 1.5 Million, Non-Umbrella, Finger-Chopping Strollers

graco_hinge_recall.jpgShows what I know. Ever since the Million Maclaren Recall, I've been waiting for the CPSC to point out [sic] the fingertip amputation risk posed by the folding hinges on any/every other umbrella stroller, too.

And yet, the next 1.5 million finger-squashing strollers being recalled aren't umbrellas at all.

Graco has recalled three low-priced models: the Passage, the Alano, and the Spree, which were sold between October 2004 and December 2009 at discount stores everywhere, after at least five kids had their fingertips chopped off [at least two more just got smashed/lacerated]. The problem's not the hinge: it's an exposed, finger-munching canopy bracket [see photo].

There is a repair/cover kit available, but at this point, it'd just be easier to put kevlar mittens on the poke-happy little monkey whenever he's awake.

Graco Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards [cpsc.gov]
Previously: Macopalypse 2009: Recalled Maclaren Hinges 'An Industry-Wide Problem'

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Just today I was at a Babies R Us where all the Maclarens were on display with the recall "safety" kit attached to each stroller in a nice little plastic bag, dangling off the frame, totally uninstalled.

And to think it was just months ago the world was coming to an end because Maclarens were deadly. Plus ├ža change . . .

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