Graco has recalled their pre-2007 Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems (car seat and stroller combinations) because of reports that four children became trapped and died in the strollers between 2003-2005.
You may wonder, as I did: Are they a little slow on the uptake? Last I checked, 2005 was 5 years ago!
According to an interview in the New York Times with Doug McGraw, the president of Graco, at the time of the deaths they decided to focus on educating consumers about strapping in their children instead of recalling the strollers "because of “a strong belief that when used properly with a safety harness, this is a fundamentally safe product.”
What is the actual danger? A small child who is left unattended and unharnessed in the recalled strollers can get trapped between the seat opening and the tray. Basically, if you don't leave your child unstrapped and unattended in the stroller, you're golden.
In case you forget? Feel free to contact Graco for a free repair kit consisting of a piece of cloth with leg holes that goes across the opening at the front of the stroller.
The affected model numbers are posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site (www.cpsc.gov) and on Graco’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com. The model numbers are on a label just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. To order a repair kit, owners can call Graco at (877) 828-4046.