July 7, 2005

Graco recalls 1.1 million baby strollers–CPSC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Graco Children's Products Inc. has
agreed to recall more than 1.1 million strollers because of a
risk of collapsing, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
said on Thursday.

The company is recalling approximately 1 million Duo Tandem
and about 143,000 MetroLite strollers because they "fail to
latch properly and unexpectedly collapse while in use," the
CPSC said in a statement.

Graco has received reports of 529 stroller collapses,
causing 264 injuries to children, including bumps, bruises,
cuts and a broken arm, according to the CPSC. The company is a
unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

Duo Tandem strollers have two seats, and a blue, white or
green frame. The MetroLite has a blue, gray or black frame, and
a single cloth seat.

The strollers, made in China, were sold between January
1994, through December 2002, at various discount, department
and children's product stores nationwide for between $80 and

Included in the recall were certain Duo Tandem strollers
with model numbers 7950, 7955, 7960, 7965, 7970, 7980 and 7990;
and certain MetroLite strollers with model numbers 6610DW,
6110F3, 6111FKB, 6114HAV, 6114JAM, 6114NGS, 7410CON, 7413CML,
and 7413MRN.

The CPSC said consumers should stop using the strollers and
contact Exton, Pennsylvania-based Graco to receive a free
repair kit. Graco can be reached at 1-800-981-4412, or at