Product Liability: 4 Companies Recall Baby Cribs & Strollers

Four manufacturers of children’s products recalled their baby cribs and strollers this week due to product liability concerns: Graco Children’s Products Inc., Angel Line, Ethan Allen and Victory Land Heritage Collection. The product recalls include more than 40,000 cribs and about two million Graco strollers.

Graco Recalling Two Million Quattro Tour and MetroLite Strollers

The Graco stroller recall was announced on Wednesday. It was initiated voluntarily by the company because of multiple reports of injuries to children and four infant strangulation deaths.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), infants — particularly those under a year of age — can become wedged between the seat bottom and the stroller tray if they are not properly strapped in. Their heads and necks can become trapped by the tray, causing cuts and bruises or difficulty breathing.

The affected strollers were mostly between November 2000 and December 2007. Consumers can call Graco’s recall hotline at 877-828-4046 to check model numbers and request a free repair kit.
Nationwide 3-in-1 Crib Recall: Angel Line, Ethan Allen and Victory Land Cribs

Around 40,650 cribs sold by Ethan Allen, Angel Line and Victory Land Heritage Collection are being recalled due to product liability concerns brought about by six reports of child injuries, the CPSC announced today, October 22, 2010.

The 3-in-1 style cribs have drop-down sides that can detach, either because the hardware is faulty or due to wear and tear. This creates a gap where a young child could become trapped or suffocated. It could also allow the child to fall out of the crib.

Cribs with drop-down sides have been blamed for at least 32 deaths of infants and toddlers since 2000. More than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past five years, and the CPSC has proposed rules to ban the manufacture, sale or resale of such cribs altogether.

The CPSC urges parents to stop using the cribs immediately. Bassinets, play yards and toddler beds are safer alternatives.

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