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Graco Recalls 2 Million Strollers After Four Babies Strangled

Graco Children’s Products Inc., a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is recalling about 2 million strollers after reports of infant strangulation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The CPSC received reports of four deaths of babies from 2003 through 2005 in the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite model strollers, according to a statement today. Accidents can occur, especially for infants under a year old, when they are unstrapped and their heads become wedged between the stroller tray and seat bottom, the agency said.

The recall involves versions of the Quattro Tour made before November 2006 and the MetroLite model manufactured before July 2007, the CPSC said. The models can be used safely as an infant auto seat, the agency said, because there isn’t a space gap in the car, the agency said. Strollers made after January 2008, when new industry design rules took effect, have larger openings that avoid trapping or strangling an infant, the agency said.

Retailers including Sears Holdings Corp., Toys R Us Inc. and Target Corp. sold the strollers from November 2000 through December 2007, the agency said. Consumers should stop using the recalled models and contact Graco for a free repair kit at 1-877-828-4046 or on the website www.gracobaby.com, the CPSC said.

In March, Graco recalled 1.2 million high chairs because screws can loosen in the legs. That action was prompted by 464 incident reports, including 24 injuries.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

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