Graco has recalled several pushchair models after ‘five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations’ were reported in the US, due to children placing their fingers in the canopy hinge mechanism.
The pushchair models and travel systems concerned are:
- Graco Spree
- Graco Passage
- Graco Alano
- Graco Oasis
Only those manufactured before March 2008 with a particular design of canopy hinge (shown in the images below) are affected – totalling around 1.5m pushchairs in the US. Graco told Which? the number of affected pushchairs in circulation in the UK is thought to be less than 20,000.
There have been no injuries reported in Europe – however Graco is offering free canopy hinge covers to any of its customers with an affected pushchair model.
The news follows the recall of US pushchairs in November 2009 by Maclaren after 12 reports of children having fingers amputated. Fifteen UK families are suing Maclaren for compensation following injuries they claim their children sustained from Maclaren pushchairs.
Concerning the new recall, Graco said: ‘The North American Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to contact Graco for a protective hinge cover and to stop using their strollers until they receive the protective hinge. If consumers decide to keep using their stroller however, we recommend using caution when changing the position of the canopy while a child is seated in, or is in the vicinity of, the stroller’.
Graco pushchair safety notice
Graco’s voluntary safety notice page includes instructions on how to identify whether your pushchair is one of the affected models and all the model serial numbers.
To request a hinge cover, you can fill in an order form on the Graco website, or call its consumer helpline on 0844 4121212.
Which? advice is that parents should always ensure their child is well away from any hinges or folding parts when folding or unfolding a pushchair. Parents should consider the folding hinge on a pushchair in the same way they would the hinge of an opening and closing door. A product that folds in this way will inevitably carry some risk to children.
Which? tests pushchairs
Which? has not tested any of the Graco pushchair models affected – but we have reviewed nine other Graco pushchair models.
Which? pushchair expert Lizzy Ruffles says: ‘Graco is a popular pushchair brand in the UK, so check the manufacturer website and the serial number on your pushchair to see whether it’s affected. If your pushchair does have a problem it’s well worth contacting Graco to obtain canopy hinge covers to improve the safety of your child.’
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