On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Newell Rubbermaid announced that it is recalling 1.5 million baby strollers after receiving 7 reports of amputations or lacerations to children’s’ fingers. The products’ canopy hinges are to blame for the injuries, which occurred when children got their fingers stuck in the canopy as it was being opened or closed.
The recall by Graco Children’s Products, Inc., an Atlanta-based division of Newell Rubbermaid, Inc., includes certain model numbers of Passage, Alano, and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems, which have been on the market for five years. The company claims it moved quickly to create a protective hinge cover, available free to any consumers who have purchased a recalled product. A complete list of the recalled products is available on Graco’s website. To identify a stroller’s model number and manufacturing date, look on the sticker located on the lower, inside portion of the rear frame, above the rear wheels.
The New York Times and the Atlanta Business Chronicle have reported that the strollers were made in China and sold to major United States retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Target, Babies R Us and Toys R us, K-mart, Sears, and others from October 2004 to December 2009.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is turning new attention to the entire product line, according to spokesman Scott Wolfson, as this is he second large-scale stroller recall that has occurred recently. The Times noted that /Maclaren strollers were recalled after similar reports of the amputation of children’s fingertips due to a hinge mechanism.