February 11, 2014: Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Car Seats
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. About 3.8 million units in the United States are being recalled.
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. None of the Snugride infant car seat models are included in the recall, but the NHTSA is still investigating the issue. 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.
Do You Own It?
The recall involves the following toddler convertible car seat models: 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.
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 email@example.com.
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