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5 Million Graco Strollers Recalled And You Should Probably Pay Attention To This One

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Graco BreezeLARGEI try to temper my parental freak-outs, because if I didn’t, I would be a walking bundle of nerves at all times. Nobody told me the world magically transforms into a parade of panic and horror when you become a parent. Although it does no good to freak out about recalls — this one is massive enough to spread the word about. Graco is recalling five million strollers due to a “fingertip amputation hazard.” Don’t panic — here’s all the information you need to get this handled. Also, share the information and help get the word out.

11 models of Graco strollers have been recalled: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems. From the Consumer Product Safety Commission report, “The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.”

CPSC confirms that Graco has received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration. Clearly, with that many strollers out there – this isn’t something to panic about. But I’d kind of like my children to keep all their digits if they can, and I’m sure you would, too.

The recall effects strollers made between August 2000 to September 2014 — which ABC reports amounts to roughly “4.7 million strollers in the U.S, more than 200,000 in Canada and 10,300 in Mexico.” A 20/20 segment airing Friday will expose the bigger problem in recalls this massive – that most products “are not turned in or fixed, remaining in homes or listed for sale.” From ABC:

Under current federal law, there is no minimum effort that manufacturers have to make, or money they have to spend, to get the word out about the safety recalls.

“We need to solve this problem and we need as much energy and as much participation from all different aspects we can,” Elliot Kaye, the head of the CPSC, told ABC News in his first major interview since being appointed chairman earlier this year.

Kaye said all too often manufacturers give only lip service to safety and fail to spend the money necessary to make sure their recalls are widely known by American families.

So if you have one of the affected models, contact Graco for a repair kit. But also spread the word so other parents know they may have a dangerous model on their hands.

CPSC has a complete list of the recalled model names and numbers.

You can call Graco Children’s Products – (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to www.gracobaby.com and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.

(photo: CPSC)