A recent Consumer Report test found one of Graco’s double strollers’ brakes fail after a certain incline.
During a routine test held by Consumer Reporters, Graco’s Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX failed. The stroller was loaded with 35 pounds in the front infant seat and 40 pounds in the back seat. It was put on a tilt table, and then the table was titled up to an incline of 20 degrees.
The brakes gave way at 18 degrees and another time at 19 degrees. Video shows the plastic teeth used to lock the wheels bent.
Consumer Reports contacted Graco. The stroller company said the test, “fails to replicate real world conditions” because of its steep angle. Graco also said the stroller met voluntary safety standards.
Consumer Reports tested more than 160 strollers listed in its current ratings. The Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX was the only one where the brake released. Consumer Reports has recommended buyers avoid Graco’s Ready2Grow Classic Connect, the Classic Connect, the Click Connect LX and the Click Connect. All four of the strollers share the same brake system. No injuries have been reported.
If you own any of these Graco strollers, consider asking your retailer for a refund. You can also call Graco’s customer service at 800-345-4109.
Several other Graco strollers earned top scores including the double stroller FastAction Fold Duo Click Connect.