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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND GRACO CHILDRENíS PRODUCTS INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF ONE MILLION DUO TANDEM AND 143,000 METROLITE STROLLERS FOR FAULTY LATCH MECHANISM

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The CPSC and Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Exton, Pennsylvania, have announced a voluntary recall of 1,143,000 strollers made in China and sold between 1994 and 2002. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products immediately until a repair kit has been obtained.

One million Graco Duo Tandem strollers and 143,000 Graco MetroLite strollers are involved in the recall. These strollers can fail to latch properly and unexpectedly collapse while in use. This can result in broken bones, cuts, bumps, bruises and other injuries to young children riding in the stroller and consumers pushing the stroller.

Graco has received reports of 306 collapses causing 230 reported injuries, including a broken arm, and a cut to a child requiring 46 stitches with respect to the Duo Tandem strollers.

With respect to the MetroLite strollers, Graco has received reports of 223 stroller collapses causing 34 reported injuries including 18 bumps and bruises to the head or body.

Other injuries associated with both strollers include cuts, scrapes, scratches, pinched fingers and muscle pulls.

The Duo Tandem strollers being recalled were manufactured between 1994 and 1999 and have two seats, one seat in front and one seat in back. The strollers have a blue, white, or green plastic and steel frame. They have four wheels in the front and two wheels in the rear.

The cloth seats and tops have various colors and patterns. There is a label with the model and serial number on the stroller’s frame. Only strollers with serial numbers and model numbers listed below are included in this recall.

Graco Duo Tandem
Model Numbers    Serial Number Range
7950
7955
7960
7965
7970
7980    Between 01011994 and 12311999
7990    Between 01011996 and 10311998

The MetroLite strollers being recalled were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 and have a blue, gray, or black plastic and steel frame. The cloth seat and top have various colors and patterns. The strollers have four wheels in the front and two wheels in the rear.

These strollers were sold as a stand-alone stroller and also as part of a travel system that included an infant car seat/carrier and a base. The car seat/carrier is not affected. There is a label on the cross bar under the foot rest containing the model and serial number.

Only strollers with serial numbers between 10012000 and 12312001 in the first 8 digits and the following model numbers are included in this recall.

Graco MetroLite Model Numbers
6110DW
6114NGS
6110F3
7410CON
6111FKB
7413CML    6114HAV
7413MRN
6114JAM

The Duo Tandem strollers were sold at discount, department, and juvenile product stores nationwide from January 1994 through December 2000 for between $80 and $150.

The MetroLite strollers were sold at discount, department, and juvenile product stores nationwide from November 2000 through December 2002 for between $100 and $200.

Consumers should stop using these strollers immediately and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit. The kit includes a custom-designed latch that consumers should attach to the stroller’s frame to ensure it is properly latched. The repair kit will be available in approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

Call Graco at (800) 981-4412 anytime or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com.

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