Modification kits are being offered to all parents who own older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite pushchairs after four children died in Graco buggies.
Pushchair manufacturer Graco has issued a voluntary safety notice to customers in Europe, after its pushchairs were linked to the deaths in the US.
The safety notice applies to older models of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers, bought between 2000 and 2007, and the company advises parents that they should always use the safety harness and never leave a child unsupervised (including when the child is sleeping).
Parents can get the free modification kit by requesting it via the Graco website.
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The US version of the safety warning reports that these pushchairs have been linked to four cases where children died of strangulation, as well as other incidents where children became trapped, resulting in cuts and bruises.
The notice says that entrapment and strangulation can happen when a child isn’t strapped in, because the child can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat, and their head and neck can become trapped by the tray.
The US version warns consumers to stop using the products immediately, until they have received the modification kit from Graco.
The free modification kits consist of a fabric restraint that closes the gap between the stroller tray and stroller seat. They are available to all consumers with affected strollers but Graco says parents in Europe need only request them if they are ‘still concerned’ after reading the safety warning.
It has stressed that the pushchairs are safe when used according to the instructions, and said that in each of the four fatal US incidents the children weren’t harnessed and were left unattended in the strollers – which it advises against.
Graco added that there have been no reported injuries related to this issue outside the US, and is advising customers in Europe to continue using the products – but always use the harness.