This Double Stroller Could Be Unsafe: Here’s Why
What’s that? You don’t anticipate leaving your stroller locked in place on a 20-degree incline? Good. But Consumer Reports is still encouraging you to ask Graco for a refund.
After testing the Graco Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX – a stroller capable of holding two children of different ages – Consumer Reports slapped it with the label: “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk.” CR says that it put the stroller through the same tests all strollers undergo, including the stress of the braking system with a tilt-table inclined to 20 degrees. When each seat was loaded up (35 pounds in the front infant car seat, 40 pounds in the back), the stroller began to roll at 18 degrees. CR double checked the findings with another stroller of the same model, which also rolled, this time at 19 degrees.
The culprits are the plastic teeth meant to lock the wheels. After the test, they were bent and showed stress marks. Even before the test, some teeth showed early signs of bending.
In Graco’s defense, voluntary industry tests only use an incline of 12 degrees, at which the stroller brakes safely. The company “strongly disagrees” with the Consumer Reports label, and questions the real-world relevance of a 20-degree angle.
Some other things to keep in mind: there have been no injuries or accidents reported from the stroller so far, and Graco is upgrading the braking system. CR will retest models when the new brakes are installed.
If you own the stroller and want to consider a refund, Graco told CR it would be “more than happy to help” owners on a case-by-case basis. You can reach Graco at 1-800-345-4109.
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