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Consumer Reports rates some Graco strollers "don't buy"

Courtesy Consumer Reports
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:00am

Consumer Reports slapped some of Graco's double strollers with a "don't buy" rating after their brakes gave out on steep inclines.

"We've tested more than 160 strollers, single and double, that are listed in our ratings, and this is the only one where the brake gave way," said John Galeotafiore, head of stroller testing for Consumer Reports, in a video on the nonprofit organization's web site.

Models including the Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX, and the Classic Connect, Click Connect LX and Click Connect have all been rated "don't buy."

The strollers were tested on a tilt table, and the brake gave way when the angle was raised to 18 degrees.

The organization suggested that consumers who have already purchased these strollers should request a refund from Graco.

Graco did not immediately return messages from CNNMoney. Consumer Reports said that according to Graco, there have been no brake-related injuries reported. The manufacturer says it's upgrading the brake system to conform to a more rigorous federal safety standard that goes into effect in September of 2015.

The publication rates another Graco stroller, the FastAction Fold Duo Click Connect, as a "best buy."


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