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Parenting => Health and Safety => Health => Topic started by: CareDC on October 21, 2010, 08:10:36 AM

Title: Don't leave children unattended in strollers: Health Canada advisory
Post by: CareDC on October 21, 2010, 08:10:36 AM
Health Canada issued an advisory Wednesday reminding caregivers not to leave children unattended in strollers, as it could put them at risk for entrapment, asphyxiation or falls.

Deaths and injuries have occurred when children were left sleeping unattended or when stroller restraint systems were not used, it said.

The advisory coincides with the U.S. recall of about two million strollers after reports of four deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005 when the four infants became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled.

The strollers being recalled are older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems, all made before 2007 and distributed by Graco Children's Products Inc. of Atlanta.

Health Canada has received one report of a Canadian fatality in a stroller due to entrapment. In the Canadian incident, which occurred in 2006, the child was not restrained and was sleeping unattended in the stroller.

Because the incident was not attributed to product failure, no recall has been requested by Health Canada.