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Posted: November 20, 2014

'Fingertip amputation' risk leads to massive Graco stroller recall

By Veronica Waters

WSB-radio - Atlanta

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Graco is recalling nearly five million strollers because they pose an amputation risk to children. 

The strollers were made between August 2000 and September 14, 2014, and sold through November 19 at numerous stores nationwide including Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and online.  

The folding hinge on the sides of 11 stroller models "can pinch a child's finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard," says Graco.  In fact, 11 injuries have been reported; six of those children have lost a fingertip.

>>Photos: See the strollers involved in the recall 

The recalled Graco- and Century-branded models include Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. 

"You can continue using your stroller until the repair kit can be installed," says the Graco hotline.  "You should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller, to be certain that the folding hinges on the sides are securely locked before placing a child in the stroller."  

The company advises to immediately take a tot out of the stroller that begins to fold, to keep their fingers out of the danger zone. 

Parents can call Graco at (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go online to www.gracobaby.com to request the free repair kits, which are expected to be available in December.

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