Monthly Archives: October 2010

Graco recalls Quattro and MetroLite strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation

Graco Quattro & Metrolite strollers recalled

Graco Quattro & Metrolite strollers recalled

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Graco, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer products:

– Graco Quattro Tour™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to November 2006

– MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007

CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant strangulations resulting in death that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of five reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.

Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.

About 2 million strollers are affected due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. For a complete list of the Graco stroller model numbers involved in this recall, visit this US CPSC website page.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at 877-828-4046 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a “travel system.” When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present.

Also check Tike Tech and Valco’s recall of jogging strollers on October 6, 2010.

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Wait, is that a double rainbow, in San Diego?

Double Rainbow in San Diego on September 30, 2010

Double Rainbow in San Diego on September 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, more specifically on September 30, 2010 (you can see how behind I am on writing my posts!), the San Diego area was hit by a major thunderstorm that lasted from morning to evening. You may think, what’s the big deal? So let me explain a few things about life in Southern California:

1) This was our first rain in about six months, so it always makes us feel a little giddy the first time it happens.
2) San Diego’s usual rain is medium to large-size rain drops, with no thunder.
3) Thunder and lightning are very rare and occur once or twice a year, tops.
4) Rainbows almost never happen. Yep, somehow you can see a rainbow every day in Ireland, but here, you’re lucky if you see one every other year.

That’s why September 30 is a day that will go down in history for most San Diego residents. Oh yeah, and I again managed not to have a camera on me to document it… Fortunately for me, there’s YouTube, where the people that are better equipped than me can capture these events!

That evening, I decided to take my youngest out while his brother and his dad attended a Padres game at Petco Park. That’s the day I took him to Barnes & Noble to read the latest and greatest Knuffle Bunny Free, followed by dinner for two at Panda Express (yummy chicken and green beans!).

As we were finishing dinner, I glanced at the mix of bright light and darkness coming from outside and told my son we’d have to look out for a rainbow. Not a second after I finished saying that, I saw it through the restaurant’s wide window. Oh my gosh, the largest rainbow I’d ever seen! We packed up our stuff and went outside. Standing in a light rain with our raincoat hoods on, we stared at not only the largest rainbow I’ve ever seen, but the largest DOUBLE rainbow I have seen in my whole life!!!

Here’s someone else’s video to prove that I’m not making this up!

Pretty cool, huh? Alright, let me go on. By walking a few more steps, we managed to see the double rainbow from one very end to the other. We literally saw each end rising from the ground to create the brightest full double rainbow ever recorded on this planet (seriously, it had to be!). It was so bright that I felt the urge to jump in my car and drive to the end of the rainbow as I could almost see where the giant pots of gold were shining from!

Now, the only words that came out of my mouth during this whole experience were “oh my gosh!”, “this never happens!”, this is so special!”, “a full double rainbow!”. How do I know? Because that’s what my son kept repeating the rest of the evening after we got home… Kids are quite perceptive, even at an early age!

That night, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I saw and the reason why this full double rainbow appeared in front of us. Some pretty big changes have occurred recently in my professional life (I’ll share at a later date) and the rain and the silver lining really looked as a sign that life is good and bright, and a gentle reminder that we must live every moment that we have in this world to the fullest.

I guess I’m not the only one who gets to question my life’s purpose when I see a full double rainbow. Remember the double rainbow guy on YouTube? Here’s Hungry Bear for you to enjoy if you missed it:


“Oh my god, a double rainbow all the way across the sky! What does this mean?” You go, Hungry Bear! I really understand how you felt on that day. I may even have cried like you if I had been by myself. After all, I had just read the ending of Knuffle Bunny Free less than an hour before that, so my tears were ready to come out anytime!

Hungry Bear is a normal guy with a great sense of humor who managed to gain his 15 minutes of fame by “remaking” his rainbow video for a Microsoft commercial. Take a look, this is really funny if you haven’t seen it!

As I said in a previous post (Happy birthday, little man!), “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” THAT was a breathless moment. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite rainbow songs, sung by our own San Diego neighbor, Jason Mraz.

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Abbott recalls some Similac brand powder infant formulas

Abbott recalls Similac powder infant formula

Abbott recalls Similac powder infant formula

I have no idea why I received Similac’s baby powder formula recall letter in the mail earlier this week. I have never used or bought Similac infant formula so I’m not sure where they got my address and why they would think I’m a Similac user. My boys are two and a half and four years old by the way, way past formula age! My guess is that Similac got my contact information from the hospital where I had my first child, since they kindly donated Similac samples on my way out the door (read my post on Breastfeeding – a tale of two hospitals for more on that topic). Or the birth record County Office has sold my information to a number of third parties. That wouldn’t be a surprise since the California DMV already does sell driver contact information to third parties to round up the numbers (and don’t ask to opt out, because it’s not an option!).

This recall doesn’t affect me but it may affect you or someone you know, so please get the word around. Unless you signed to receive recall notices on the US FDA website, you may not hear about such recalls.

Apparently, some small beetles may have made their way into the cans of formula during the manufacturing process. We all know that insects sometimes manage to appear into our processed food (yummy crunch!), but for baby formulas, it’s not only gross, it’s also unsafe, since little babies’ intestinal tracks may get irritated from the foreign food elements.

For more information on this Similar recall, visit the Similac recall web page to identify the lot numbers that are affected and what you need to do if you’re one of the unlucky ones. We always hear that breast is best, but I’ve never been given the “bug” reason before!

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Tike Tech and Valco Baby recall jogging strollers due to strangulation hazard


Tike Tech and Valco Baby recalls jogging strollers

Tike Tech and Valco Baby recalls jogging strollers

Name of affected products:
– Tike Tech Single City X3 and X3 Sport Jogging Strollers
– Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers

Hazard: The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Tike Tech to receive a free replacement grab bar.

To see the Tike Tech jogging stroller recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11002.html

To see the Valco Baby jogging stroller recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11003.html

Also check Graco’s Quattro and Metrolite stroller recall on October 20, 2010.

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