Graco Stroller Recall: Quattro and MetroLite, After 4 Deaths

About 2 million Graco strollers are being recalled because of risks that unharnessed babies will become trapped and unable to breathe. Four such deaths have been reported. The official recall notice is here, including a list of recalled models.

The recall involves older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour™ and MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. This voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

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Government Warns Against Infant Sleep Positioners

Infant sleep positioners — specially shaped cushions meant to keep babies sleeping on their backs — are supposed to help save babies from SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the FDA warned today that they’ve received a dozen reports of infant suffocation deaths linked to the infant sleep positioners, about one a year.

The AP story is here and the official warning is here. There have been similar warnings about crib “bumpers,” thin cushions placed around the inside of a crib’s slats: they can look cute but have also been reported to pose a suffocation risk.

Pediatricians strongly recommend that babies be placed to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, and the positioners — which are widely sold, from to Target — are marketed as helpful in keeping babies face up. But the New York Times reports:

“To date, there is no scientifically sound evidence that infant sleep positioners prevent SIDS,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the F.D.A.’s principal deputy commissioner.

Abbott Posts List Of Recalled Similac Formula Products (Better Late Than Never)

Ok, here it is, the 38-page (that’s right, 38, it’s not a typo) list of Similac products that have been recalled by Abbott Laboratories because the formula might be contaminated with “a small beetle or larvae.”

Please pass this around to your friends with formula-drinking infants.

Daily Rounds: Deval On Immigrants; Hip Implants Recalled; Public Employees’ Coverage; NPR On Primary Care

Patrick says health care for immigrants may not come to end
Hopes to use federal funds to help pay for their insurance. (Boston Globe)

J. and J. Recalls Hip Implants
Patients with the DePuy Orthopedics hip implants should get them checked. (The New York Times)

States Press Workers on Health Care
And state workers push back against helping pay for their health care. (Wall Street Journal)

Future Of Primary Care? Some Say ‘Medical Home’
Part Two of the NPR series “Primary Care Under Pressure.” (NPR)