Graco double stroller fails Consumer Reports test

Consumer Reports partnered exclusively with 7 On Your Side to tests Graco's Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX and found it failed a break test.
Monday, June 30, 2014
There is potential trouble with a popular double stroller. Consumer Reports is partnering exclusively with 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney to look into this problem.

Safety is the first thing on parents' minds when it comes to their children. On Monday, 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. One mother of two says her stroller comes in really handy.

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

But Consumer Reports says a double stroller, Graco's Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX, could pose a safety risk. The problem was discovered during braking tests on a 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 or at 19 degrees.

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

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," Galeotafiore said.

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 1-800-345-4109.

Consumer Reports says several other Graco strollers earn top scores and are recommended. That includes a Graco double stroller, the Fast Action Fold Duo Click Connect. Consumer Reports named it a "Best Buy" at $280. It has a different braking system than Graco's Ready2Grow strollers.

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