Wednesday’s Graco stroller recall of 1.5 million units is the largest in US history. Here’s how to find if you have a problem stroller.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a Graco stroller recall Wednesday that will total 1.5 million strollers. The recall concerns uncovered hinges on the canopy of the Graco Passage, Alano, and Spree strollers, which have caused seven severe injuries to toddler’s fingers, according to the CPSC.
The strollers in question were sold between October 2004 and February 2008 at several dozen retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, and Sears. The strollers cost between $80 and $200.
If you bought a Graco stroller during that period, check the stroller’s model number against the chart at the bottom of this page or check out the CPSC’s news release. (You can find the stroller’s model number and manufacture date on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.)
If you have one of the problem strollers, stop using it immediately, the CPSC warns, and order a repair kit from Graco. You can find those order forms here. or by calling 800-345-4109. (Be forewarned: The Graco website was operating extremely slowly at 10 a.m. EST, probably due to the increased traffic the recall is generating.)
Customers outside the United States are also eligible for the recall, according to Graco.
Graco says the repair kits will be available in one to two weeks. Once you’ve received the kit, an instructional video at the bottom of this post demonstrates how to properly attach the kit.
Graco has now had the two largest American stroller recalls on record. A 2005 recall of two Graco models that failed to latch properly resulted in 230 injuries and the recall of 1.1 million strollers. In November, British stroller manufacturer Maclaren recalled a million strollers in the US due to a hinge issue similar to that of the latest Graco recall. Maclaren strollers had injured 15 toddlers, 12 severely.
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