Graco Duo Tandem, MetroLite Strollers Recalled
Faulty Latch Can Cause Strollers to Collapse
July 8, 2005 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Graco
Children's Products have announced a voluntary recall of certain Graco
The products are the Graco Duo Tandem Stroller and the Graco MetroLite
Stroller, states a CPSC news release.
Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately until a repair
has been made, says the CPSC.
The strollers were made between 1994 and 2002. There are about a million Duo
Tandem strollers and about 143,000 MetroLite strollers, according to the
"These strollers can fail to latch properly and unexpectedly collapse
while in use," says the CPSC.
"This can result in broken bones, cuts, bumps, bruises, and other
injuries to young children riding in the stroller and consumers pushing the
For the Duo Tandem strollers, Graco has received reports of 306 collapses
causing 230 reported injuries, including a broken arm and a cut to a child
requiring 46 stitches.
For 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.
Recalled Duo Tandems
The recalled Duo Tandem strollers, manufactured between 1994 and 1999, 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
|Between 01011994 and 12311999
||Between 01011996 and 10311998
Recalled MetroLite Strollers
The recalled MetroLite strollers, manufactured in 2000 and 2001, 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 eight digits and the following model numbers are included
in this recall.
Graco MetroLite Model
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.
The strollers were made in China.
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 one to two weeks, says the
Call Graco with questions at (800) 981-4412 anytime or log on to the firm's
web site www.gracobaby.com, says the CPSC.
Or check the
web site for pictures of the recalled strollers.