Thursday, January 21, 2010

RECALL: Dorel Cribs and Graco Strollers

Dear Eco-Babyz readers,
You might have already heard about this, but in case you did not please read this if you use a Graco stroller or a Dorel crib:

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children’s Products is recalling 1.5 million Graco strollers.

Some styles of the Graco Passage, Alano and Spree strollers and travel systems have hinges on the stroller’s canopy that could cut and/or amputate a child’s fingertip when the canopy is opened or closed. Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.

The strollers were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems.

Dorel Cribs:
More Dorel recalled crib photos here.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace 635,000 drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed.

The drop-side hardware on the cribs can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. CPSC and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of a 6-month-old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop-side hardware broke. The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 total drop-side incidents, including the death of the 6 month old and 5 other children who were entrapped. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment.


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