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Graco Stroller Recall

About 1.5 million Graco strollers have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada after reports that five children in the U.S. have had their fingertips severed by the stroller's folding hinge mechanism.

Graco Children’s Products says it has received seven reports in the U.S. of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five had their fingertips severed and two received cuts.

Health Canada said it has received 17 injury reports since 2000 related to various other brands of folding strollers. Five of those reports involved serious injuries, including finger amputations, lacerations or bone fractures.

On Wednesday, Health Canada issued a reminder for parents and caregivers to exercise caution when using any type of stroller with the hinge mechanisms that are found on many collapsing/folding models.

The agency has recommended caregivers keep children at a safe distance when opening and folding a stroller.

Graco manufactures two styles of hinge mechanisms for these stroller models. Only strollers or travel systems with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism that has indented canopy positioning notches are included in the recall.

The Graco recall involves strollers made in China between October 2004 and February 2008. Graco owners are advised to stop using the strollers and contact the company to receive a free repair kit.

-- Associated Press

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