About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.
The recall by Graco Children's Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The Exton, Pa., company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.
You have to wonder how this could happen, but sadly because I worked in a manufacturing plant at one point in my life I understand the design process and what it takes to get complex goods to market. Safety of the end user is not always the focus, though it should be. I just hope this causes all those who design products for children to put safety first, as so many of them claim that they do.
For more information about the recalled strollers, consumers can call 800-345-4109 or visit http://www.cpsc.gov.