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2 million strollers recalled after four infant deaths

Earlier this week, Graco Children’s Products, Inc. in collaboration with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary product recall of approximately 2 million Quattro and MetroLife strollers after receiving reports of fourt infant strangulation deaths that occurred while infants were in the strollers between 2003 and 2005. Graco.com warned that an entrapment and strangulation can occur to infants younger than 12 months of age when the child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his or her neck can become entrapped by the tray. CPSC staff found records for one of the deaths related to the recalled strollers and began to search for similar incidents. The CPSC stated that they found additional wrongful deaths and personal injuries in the files and took the position that the older models need to be recalled. Consumers should stop using the recalled strollers immediately and contact Graco by calling 877-828-4046 or visiting the firm’s website at www.gracobaby.com to order a free repair kit.

Product liability is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products. The Chicago product liability firm of Levin & Perconti represents plaintiffs in the Chicagoland area in matters against corporations or manufacturers who have sold or manufactured unsafe products to consumers. Under the law, “products” cover a wide range of categories, including prescription drugs, firearms, food, tobacco, clothing, apparel, toys, and more. The stroller product recall falls in the product liability law.

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