March, 13, 2014: Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Units to 3.8 Million Car Seat Recall
UPDATED: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , in cooperation with Graco Children’s Products Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of 10 models of toddler convertible car seats and three models of harnessed booster seats. The original recall was in February 20014 with more than 3.8 million units recalled. Graco has now recalled 403, 222 more car sears, making the total more than 4.2 million recalled units in the United States.
What’s the Deal?
Graco has determined that some of the harness buckles on several of their car seats and booster seats can become more difficult to unlatch or even remain locked, which increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire, or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required. The company has identified that food and dried liquids may cause this to happen if they get into the latch unit. No injuries have been reported to the company, but the NHTSA has received 80 complaints regarding parents having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckles.
In the original recall, none of the Snugride infant car seat models are included in the recall pending an ongoing investigation, but the NHTSA is now asking that Graco recall 1.8 million of their infant car seats, as well. The infant seats use the same buckling mechanism, but the entire seat can be removed in case of an emergency unlike the toddler seats, according to Graco.
Do You Own It?
The original recall in February 2014 involved the following toddler convertible car seat models made between 2009 to July 2013: 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, Smart Seat; and the following harnessed booster seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos. Graco will be contacting consumers who had registered their car seats.
This new addition to the recall involves the 2006 through 2014 Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus and Smart Seat with Safety Surround models.
What Should You Do?
If you own one of the car seats affected by this recall, contact Graco for a new and improved replacement harness buckle at no cost. If you are experiencing difficulty with your harness buckle and cleaning has not improved its performance, please contact the Graco customer service team.
Consumers can reach Graco at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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