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Graco stroller recall affects Canadian consumers

Graco Children’s Products Inc. now confirms Canadian consumers are now included in a massive stroller recall. Certain types of Passage, Alano and Spree strollers have been recalled due to a defect in the hinges of the stroller’s canopy that could cut off children’s fingertips. In Canada, approximately 28,430 were sold.

The strollers are sold at Wal-Mart, Target (in the U.S.) and other major retailers.

The company, based out of Exton, Penns., has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller’s canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed.

Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.

The hinges on the stroller’s canopy may pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is opening or closing the canopy.

There have been no incidents reported in Canada.

In Canada, the safety advisory affects Graco Passage, Alano and Spree strollers and travel systems with the following model numbers and specific hinge mechanism, manufactured in China from October 2004 through February 2008:

     6F02FOR            6303MYC              6330CAP
     6330THR            6838MYC              7F00LPE
     7F00RSH            7F01FOR              7F08BET
     7G00DLS            7G04KRA              7G09GPK
     7240DNB            7241PPH              7255CSA
     7256SPM            7260BAN              7260CLT

In Canada, they were sold nationwide by major retailers and independent retailers from October 2004 through January 2010.

Graco manufactured the above stroller models with two different styles of hinge mechanisms. Only strollers or travel systems having the plastic, jointed hinge mechanism with indented canopy positioning notches are affected by the safety advisory.

If you believe you have one of these strollers in your possession, please contact Elfe Juvenile Products for a free protective cover repair kit for the affected stroller by visiting Elfe’s website at www.elfe.net

This is the second major recall in recent months of strollers that led to fingertip amputations and injuries.

In November 2009, about one-million Maclaren strollers were recalled after there were 12 reports of children’s fingertips being amputated by a hinge mechanism.

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