How Safe is Your Stroller?

How Safe is Your Stroller?

Safety is the first thing on parents' minds when it comes to their children. Consumer Reports revealed how a Graco double stroller could pose a safety risk.
Safety is the first thing on parents' minds when it comes to their children. Consumer Reports revealed how a Graco double stroller could pose a safety risk.

Double strollers are a great option for parents with two kids,especially convertible models that hold children of different sizes and ages.

Stacie, a mother of two, says her stroller comes in really handy.

"It's a way to get them both in one spot locked in together, safe," she said.

But Consumer Reports says a double stroller, Graco's Ready2Grow Classic Connect L-X, could pose a safety risk.

The problem was discovered during braking tests on this tilt table. The stroller was loaded with 35 pounds in the front in an infant seat and 40 pounds in the back seat.

Then the table was slowly tilted up to an incline of 20 degrees. The brakes gave way, sometimes at 18 degrees and at 19 degrees.

John Galeotafiore of Consumer Reports said, "What happened is these plastic teeth used to lock the wheels bent."

No injuries have been reported related to the stroller's brakes. Graco says that Consumer Reports' test "fails to replicate real world conditions" because of its steep angle and that the stroller meets voluntary safety standards.

"Our rigorous test is designed to gauge whether strollers have an extra margin of safety. We've tested more than 160 strollers listed in our current ratings. This is the only one, including double strollers, where the brake released. And we're also concerned that the brake teeth bent," explained Galeotafiore.

Consumer Reports has labeled the Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX a "Don't Buy," along with other Ready2Grow strollers with a similar brake design - the Classic Connect, the Click Connect LX and the Click Connect.

Consumer Reports says if you own any of these Graco strollers, ask your retailer for a refund.

You can also call Graco's customer service at 800-345-4109. Consumer Reports says several other Graco strollers earn top scores and are recommended. That includes a Graco double stroller, the FastAction Fold Duo Click Connect. Consumer Reports named it a Best Buy at 280 dollars. It has a different braking system than Graco's Ready2Grow strollers.

For more information, visit Consumer Reports.

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