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Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, manufactures a variety of baby and toddler products including cribs, car seats, booster seats, strollers, play yards/playpens, swings, high chairs, activity centers, monitors, and other products. In 1998, it acquired Century Car Seats. Today, it is a Newell Rubbermaid™ company.
Compensation for You and Your Child
If your child has been injured or killed, and you suspect that the cause is a defective product, you and your surviving child may have personal injury claims. Money compensation can include amounts for medical expenses, cost of care, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, and other damages.
Below are a few of the serious injuries that children can suffer:
- Eye Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Broken Neck Lawsuit | C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 Fracture
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Skull Fracture
If your child tragically dies, you may have a wrongful death claim, which would be governed by state law. Each state has different laws about the type of losses for which wrongful death compensation is allowed:
- All states allow for the recovery of lost income the decedent would have provided his loved ones.
- Most states do not allow recovery for grief or anger suffered by the surviving heirs, but do allow money damages for the loss of advice, care, comfort, and companionship the deceased would have provided had he or she lived.
- Some states also allow money damages for the pain and suffering of the deceased person prior to death.
Four (4) Deaths Prompt Recall of Strollers
On October 20, 2010, Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, recalled about 2 million strollers that they quit selling in 2007. The recall announcement stated that four (4) babies had died in the strollers between 2003 and 2005.
Falls and Injuries Prompt Harmony High Chair Recall
About 1.2 million Harmony high chairs were recalled in March 2010 after 24 fall injuries were reported that resulted in bumps, bruises, a hairline arm fracture, and cuts. These falls happened when high chairs tipped over due to loose screws and/or cracked brackets in the high chairs, which caused the chairs to become unstable. In all, Graco has received 464 reports of defective chairs. The high chairs were sold from December 2003 through March 2010 at the following retail locations:
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Babies “R” Us
- Toys “R” Us
- Target and Target.com
- Walmart and WalMart.com
- USA Baby
- Other retailers nationwide.
Graco brand “Passage,” “Alano” and “Spree” strollers and travel systems were recalled in January 2010 due to reports of children’s fingers becoming cut or amputated in the strollers’ hinge mechanism. The company has received reports of five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations. The recall involves about 1.5 million models that were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears Target, Walmart, and other retailers from October 2004 through December 2009. Only strollers and travel systems with plastic jointed hinges with indented canopy positioning notches are being recalled.
Simplicity Bassinet Recall
The Graco brand is associated with a 2008 recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced after a 6-month Kansas infant was strangled between the metal bars of a Simplicity brand bassinet. Some of the 900,000 recalled Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets also bore the Graco logo. The bassinets are hazardous because one side is covered by a removable/adjustable fabric Velcro flap. If the Velcro is not secured, the flap can fall out of place, exposing the metal side bars that are just far enough apart for a child to slip through, become entrapped in, and potentially strangle. Simplicity bassinets bearing the Graco logo were sold between 2001 and 2004.
The following recalled Simplicity cribs used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney, and the Trio.
Hundreds of Injuries Prompt Stroller Recall
About 1 million Duo Tandem strollers and about 143,000 MetroLite strollers were recalled in July 2005 because they could unexpectedly collapse while in use. Sold at department stores, discount stores, and juvenile product stores nationwide between 1994 and 2002, both stroller types have been associated with injuries including:
Duo Tandem strollers
- 306 collapses
- 230 reported injuries
- a broken arm
- a cut to a child requiring 46 stitches,
- 223 stroller collapses
- 34 reported injuries
- 18 bumps and bruises to the head or body
- Other injuries including cuts, scrapes, scratches, pinched fingers, and muscle pulls.
$4 Million Safety Fine
The CPSC announced in March 2005 that it would fine Graco Children’s Products, Inc. a $4 million penalty for “failing to inform the government in a timely manner about more than 12 million products that posed a danger to young children nationwide.”
The announcement alleges that from 1991 through 2002, the company did not report defective children’s products that the CPSC determined “could create substantial product hazards or unreasonable risks of injury or death to young children.” Incidents and injuries involving 16 products, including carriers, high chairs, swings strollers and beds went unreported for almost a decade. Some of these injuries were fatal, and others included serious injuries such as contusions and fractures.
Toddler Beds Cause Broken Bones and Other Injuries
In March 2005, about 1.2 million toddler beds were recalled due to entrapments, broken bones, sprains, bruising, and scratching. The “Cozy Toddler Bed,” “Glow-in-the-Dark Toddler Bed,” and “Classic Toddler Bed” models have guardrails and footboards with slats that can entrap children’s arms, legs, or feet. Reported incidents include:
- 77 entrapments
- 13 broken arms and legs
- 1 broken foot
- 1 sprained ankle
- 54 other injuries including bruised, scratched, and swollen limbs.
The recalled beds are white plastic and steel and include model numbers: 8801, 8801WR, 8821, 8824, 8828, 8833, 30066, 34434 and 11030. They were sold at discount retailers, department stores and juvenile stores nationwide from February 1994 through March 2001.
High Chairs Recalled After 105 Injury Reports
About 860,000 Graco high chairs were recalled in February 2001 after reports of high chair legs detaching, causing infants to fall and, in some cases, suffer serious injuries including a concussion, two broken noses, six cuts requiring stitches, black eyes, and bumps and bruises. In all, there were 105 injuries reported and 108 reports of high chair legs detaching.
The high chairs have a white plastic seat and white metal legs. They were sold from January 1995 through June 1998 at mass merchandise, juvenile products, and discount department stores nationwide. Model numbers and serial numbers for these defective high chairs can be found on a sticker beneath the seat. Model numbers on recalled units contain the following digits: “3170,” “36051” or “74001.” The first six numbers in the serial number show the date of manufacture. Recalled highchairs were manufactured from January 1, 1995 through December 8, 1997.
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