RECALL UPDATE

Graco/Century Recalls 11 Models Of Strollers

The Graco recall of children’s strollers coincides with the heavily traveled holiday season, when children and strollers are packed up for trips to visit relatives. It involves about 4.7 million strollers sold in the U.S., 202,000 in Canada and 10,300 in Mexico. They were sold at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and online through Amazon and Walmart.com.
The 11 stroller models include: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.  All are single-occupant strollers with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle, with a manufacture date running from Aug. 1, 2000 to Sept. 25, 2014.  Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel.
The folding hinge on the side can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.  There have been 11 reports of such injuries.
Consumers who have one of these strollers should contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit, available from the firm at the beginning of December 2014. While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked in place before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.
Check the model number of your stroller against the recall list by visiting the website http://www.cp-sc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/#remedy.  Scroll down to the list of model names and numbers.  Or, contact Graco Children’s Products at (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.gracobaby.com and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.
The strollers were manufactured in China.

Toy Recalls And Holiday Safety: Working Across Borders

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the Consumer Protection Agency of the United Mexican States (Profeco) are joining forces this year to protect children across North America from dangerous toys.  Strong safety standards that are enforced, inspections at import, and emphasis on quality safety manufacturing overseas are key components of this collaborative effort aimed at creating a safer toy shopping marketplace for North America’s families this holiday season.
With more than $800 million worth of toys, games, and children’s vehicles coming from Canada and Mexico into the United States each year, there is good reason for CPSC to continue to work closely—bilaterally and trilaterally—with Health Canada and Profeco. This trilateral work on greater integration has led to joint industry training and coordinated consumer education, including trilateral recall announcements.  Additional efforts have included joint oversight of product supply chains and timely responses to emerging product hazards.
“We are all working together this holiday season with one goal in mind- that the toys North America’s parents bring home for their children are safe,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “Our work with Health Canada and Profeco will continue to strengthen the marketplace and build consumer confidence in the safety of the North American marketplace, especially for children’s toys.”
Emphasis on inspections, industry training, and safe selection of toys means that there are fewer toy recalls than in previous years.  For example, there has been a steady decline in the number of lead-based contaminant violations since 2008.
CPSC’s recommended safety guidelines for toy-shopping parents this holiday season include:
• Magnets – Children’s magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard that prevents magnets from being swallowed. High-powered magnet sets that have small magnets are dangerous and should be kept away from children. Whether marketed for children or adults, building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
• Balloons – Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard torn balloons immediately.
• Small balls and other toys with small parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
• Scooters and other riding toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.
Once gifts are open:
• Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
• Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
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Lynette Norris

Written by Lynette Norris