Graco has recalled 3.8 million car seats because the harness buckles may not unlatch and trap children. The recall includes 11 different models between the years 2009 through 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also pushing for the recall of an additional 1.8 million infant car seats because they use the same defective buckle.
After over 80 complaints from parents who could not get their children out of the car seats, Graco Children’s Products recalled the car seats and offered replacement buckles to owners. According to Graco, the buckles become defective when food or liquids cause the buckles to get dirty; however, federal safety regulators stated that it was foreseeable that such events would occur and Graco should have taken that into consideration.
The defective buckles have also caused some consumers to result in cutting the harness straps attached to the buckle in order to remove a child from the car seat. The entrapment hazards pose a serious threat in the event of a car accident or car fire in which children may become trapped.
The recalled car seats are:
- Cozy Cline
- Comfort Sport
- Classic Ride 50
- My Ride 65
- My Ride 70
- My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
- Size4Me 70
- My Size 70
- Head Wise 70
- Nautilus Elite
- Argos 70
Graco has offered free replacement harness buckles to consumers with the recalled car seats. For more information about how to receive a free replacement buckle contact Graco customer service at 800-345-4109.
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