U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that older models of Graco Quattro and MetroLite Strollers and Travel Systems have been recalled because of strangulation risk. An unbuckled child can slip between the seat and the snack tray and become trapped at the neck. This is the same concern that caused the Tike Tech and Valco Baby jogging strollers recall earlier this month. Unlike the previous recall, this time there have been 4 reports of strangulations and 5 reports of entrapments with injuries including cuts and bruises.

Quattro and MetroLite Stollers and Travel Systems

The recall involves about 2 million strollers distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. The name “Graco” appears on a label on the stroller tray and headrest. Model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller.Go to CPSC.gov or Graco’s Recall Information Page for a complete list of recalled models. Stop using recalled strollers and order a repair kit from Gracobaby.com right away. If you are using the stroller as a Travel System,with an infant car seat attached, you can safely continue to do so, but order the repair kit for future use.

Caution for all pre-2008 Stollers?

In 2008 a new voluntary industry standard was developed to address the hight of the snack tray from the seat bottom. This standard requires larger openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation. With this second recall in one month, it is probably a good idea to examine any stroller manufactured before 2008 for this defect. I wonder if we’ll see a series of recalls like we saw with drop side cribs.



Kate started The Shopping Mamaâ„¢ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    I was wondering why the stroller trays are so high now. I had this stroller for my daughter 6 years ago. My nephews stroller is newer and the tray is so high, it looks strange. Now I know why!

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      I always wondered too. The tray on our BOB is so high I’m not sure it will ever really function, but he likes to hang on it, so that’s fun for him.

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