Reports of partial and full finger amputations prompted Garco to recall some 5 million strollers sold in North America. These injuries have occurred when young children unwittingly put their fingers in the side hinges of the stroller while it is being unfolded for use.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the recall of 11 popular models—4.7 million of which were sold in the U.S. and 202,000 in Canada—including Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.
Graco issued a recall of some of its strollers in 2010 for similar risks. That recall followed on the heels of one by stroller-maker MacLaren, which also received reports that its collapsible strollers had cut off or seriously injured the fingers of a young passenger. The number of strollers in this recall far exceeds the number in previous ones.
Families with one of the listed strollers should contact Graco, which will send a repair kit. The kit is a hinge cover, which is designed to keep fingers from being lodged inside the hinge as it is being set up for use. In the meantime, the CPSC urges caregivers to exercise extreme caution when setting up the strollers.
To receive the repair kit, contact Graco Children's Products at 800-345-4109 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, or visit the company's recall site.