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Graco Recalls 5 Million Strollers Over Finger Amputation

Author Demetria Ratchford

Graco has recalled about 5 million strollers in North America after multiple reports of children’s fingers getting cut off in the hinges.

About the Stroller Recall

According to the Daily Financy, Graco has received 11 reports involving finger injuries, including six fingertip amputations, and four partial amputations. A similar recall was conducted by Graco occurred in 2010; however, the number of strollers involved in this recall is far larger.

4.7 million strollers are being recalled in the US and 202,000 in are being recalled in Canada. CPSC recommends that consumers stop using the recalled strollers and immediately call Graco for a free repair kit, which includes hinge covers.

The kit will be available starting next month. CPSC recommends that caregivers “immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area."

Description of Recalled Strollers

  • This recall involves 11 models of Graco stroller. The models are: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling, and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.
  • The strollers are China made and were sold at major retailers including Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Amazon from August 2000 until this month for about $40 to $70 per stroller and $140 to $170 for the travel system.

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Pedestrian Killed in New Jersey Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

A man is facing felony charges after fleeing the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident with the pedestrian lodged in his windshield.

About the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

On Monday, November 17th, 2014, In Ocean County, New Jersey, 61-year-old Kenneth Moeller of Lanoka Harbor died from injuries he received in highway accident that occurred a week prior.

 Moeller was a pedestrian that was struck on a highway shoulder. In the accident, he became lodged in the vehicle’s windshield as the car continued to move.

The 33-year-old driver, Marcos Otrega, continued to driving with Moeller lodged in his windshield for a mile and a half before police finally stopped him.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and causing serious bodily injury to another while under the influence. With Moellers death, Ortega is likely to face more serious charges. Ortega remains in jail with $150,000 cash bail.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 4,743 pedestrian fatalities and 726 bicyclist fatalities in 2012.
  • This averages to more than 12 pedestrian deaths every day 2 bicyclist deaths every day.
  • Another 76,000 pedestrians reported injuries in 2012 – roughly one every 7 minutes.
  • 49,000 bicyclists reported injuries.

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Settlement Reached After Death at Six Flags

Author Bonnie Harp

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the family of a Dallas resident who died after falling off of a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas has agreed to a settlement with the amusement park and the ride’s manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides.

Description of the Six Flags Roller Coast Accident

In July 2013, Rosy Esparza fell 75 feet to her death when riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas.

Esparza was on the ride with her daughter when she appeared skeptical of her safety bar at the start of the ride. Witnesses reported that she expressed concern to a Six Flags employee who assured Esparza that she was secure.

No foul play was suspected in the incident and investigators continued with an internal investigation.

The Texas Giant was closed temporarily following the accident. The park reopened the ride the coming September. 

Details of the Six Flags Roller Coaster Accident Settlement

  • Six Flags, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides and the Esparza family released a joint statement declaring that a settlement has been reached concerning the death of Rosy Esparza.
  • The declared terms of the settlement have not been released to the public.
  • Esparza attorneys reported that the family is appreciative of the deal made with Six Flags and Gerstlauer.
  • Six Flags and Gerstlauer also reported being satisfied with the settlement.

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