Graco Recalls Millions Of Strollers Thanks To "Fingertip Amputation” Risk, Which Is Petrifying
I'll admit it: becoming a mother scares me. The non-stop energy, the incessant demands, the inconceivably large responsibility. But now, it turns out I have one more thing to be afraid of, too: This week, millions of Graco baby strollers were recalled due to a “fingertip amputation" hazard — meaning, yah, there's a risk of your/your offsprings' fingers being chopped off as you go out for a casual stroll in the park. Shudder.
You can have bought these innocuous strollers at any time over the last 14 years, from trusted outlets like Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and Amazon, for roughly $40 to $70. Little did you know what you were getting into: the issue, it seems, is with the old style of hinge, which can — in certain, "rare" instances — trap the finger and either just cut it, or cut it off completely. After getting 11 injury reports (including both "full and partial fingertip amputations"), Graco decided to do a voluntary recall, of a whopping 5 million strollers.
In the meantime, Graco urged people to use extreme caution when using the terrifying-sounding strollers, writing on its website:
In total, eleven models are affected by the recall (if you want the full list, click here). But (horrifyingly) this is far from being this first time a stroller make has had issues — in fact, it's not even the first time that a stroller make has had finger amputation issues.
Just this last January, the company Britax recalled over 210,000 strollers because of the risk of finger amputation or breakage. In 2009, about a million Maclaren strollers were recalled from Target and Babies "R" Us after 12 children had their fingertips lobbed off due to the strollers' hinge mechanism.
In 2012, two companies — Kolcraft and Peg Perego USA Inc — both announced large-scale recalls of their products; though the latter wasn't due to amputation hazards, it was because of the risk of strangulation and entrapment. Really, one kid actually died after being strangled by a Peg Perego stroller and another nearly did.
My question: How is it we can have vaginas that smell like peaches, gloves that make us Spiderman, and levitating trains, but we can't make a friggin' pram that doesn't co-function as a baby-finger-clipper?
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