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CPSC, Graco Childrens Products Inc. Announce Recall of Duo Tandem and Certain MetroLite Strollers

Jul 6, 2005 | www.cpsc.gov

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of strollers sold between 1994 and 2002. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately until a repair kit has been obtained.

Name of Products: Graco Duo Tandem Stroller, Graco MetroLite Stroller

Units: About 1 million Duo Tandem and about 143,000 MetroLite strollers

Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Exton, Pa.

Hazard: These strollers can fail to latch properly and unexpectedly collapse while in use. This can result in broken bones, cuts, bumps, bruises and other injuries to young children riding in the stroller and consumers pushing the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries:

For the Duo Tandem strollers, Graco has received reports of 306 collapses causing 230 reported injuries, including a broken arm, and a cut to a child requiring 46 stitches.

For the MetroLite strollers, Graco has received reports of 223 stroller collapses causing 34 reported injuries including 18 bumps and bruises to the head or body. Other injuries associated with both strollers include cuts, scrapes, scratches, pinched fingers and muscle pulls.

Description:

The recalled Duo Tandem strollers, manufactured between 1994 and 1999, have two seats, one seat in front and one seat in back. The strollers have a blue, white or green plastic and steel frame. They have four wheels in the front and two wheels in the rear. The cloth seats and tops have various colors and patterns. There is a label with the model and serial number on the stroller’s frame. Only strollers with serial numbers and model numbers listed below are included in this recall.

    Graco Duo Tandem
    Model Numbers     Serial Number Range
    7950
    7955
    7960
    7965
    7970
    7980    Between 01011994 and 12311999
    7990     Between 01011996 and 10311998

The recalled MetroLite strollers, manufactured in 2000 and 2001, have a blue, gray or black plastic and steel frame. The cloth seat and top have various colors and patterns. The strollers have four wheels in the front and two wheels in the rear. These strollers were sold as a stand-alone stroller and also as part of a travel system that included an infant car seat/carrier and a base. The car seat/carrier is not affected. There is a label on the cross bar under the foot rest containing the model and serial number. Only strollers with serial numbers between 10012000 and 12312001 in the first 8 digits and the following model numbers are included in this recall.

    Graco MetroLite Model Numbers
    6110DW
    6114NGS
    6110F3
    7410CON
    6111FKB
    7413CML    6114HAV
    7413MRN
    6114JAM

Sold at:

The Duo tandem strollers sold at: Discount, department and juvenile product stores nationwide from January 1994 through December 2000 for between $80 and $150.

The MetroLite strollers sold at: Discount, department and juvenile product stores nationwide from November 2000 through December 2002 for between $100 and $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these strollers immediately and contact the firm to receive a free repair kit. The kit includes a custom-designed latch that consumers should attach to the stroller’s frame to ensure it is properly latched. The repair kit will be available in approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

Consumer Contact: Call Graco at (800) 981-4412 anytime or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com


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