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Graco double stroller deemed unsafe

Posted August 26, 2014

Graco’s Ready2Grow Classic Connect L-X stroller could pose a safety risk, according to Consumer Reports.

The brakes gave way after testers loaded the stroller with 35 pounds in the front seat and 40 pounds in the back seat.

No injuries have been reported.

Graco said the test "fails to replicate real world conditions" because of the steep angle used, adding that the stroller meets voluntary safety standards.

"Our rigorous test is designed to gauge whether strollers have an extra margin of safety,” said John Galeotafiore, head of stroller testing for Consumer Reports. “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."

Consumer Reports 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.

Other Graco strollers have earned top scores, Consumer Reports said.

Testers advise those with any of the above strollers to ask their retailer for a refund.

Parents can also call Graco's customer service at 800-345-4109.


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