CNN reports on one of the biggest recall ever for child car seats. 3.7 million child car seats are being recalled by Graco, even though the government wanted Graco to recall nearly 1.8 million more — over a buckling issue. NHTSA announced that Graco is voluntarily recalling 11 of 18 model seats that needed to be recalled.
The 3.7 million seats alone makes this recall the fourth biggest ever for car seats. If all the seats the NHTSA was asking to Graco to recall are added in, it would be the biggest. The recall affects “harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.”
At issue: the red release button in the center of the harness, which can become difficult to unlatch, or can become stuck. That can make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency.
The children’s products company added that it was offering a “new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected customers at no cost.” People can obtain one by calling 800-345-4109 or emailing email@example.com.
Until they get such a replacement, Graco believes that parents should continue using their seats for their children.
“This does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain a child,” the company said. NHTSA disagrees and encourages parents and caregivers to consider acquiring an alternative car seat for transporting children until their Graco seat is fixed.
The recall models include these toddler convertible car seats: the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 and Smart Seat. The harnessed booster seats that are part of the recall are the Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos. According to the government, the seven models that Graco isn’t recalling despite being asked to do so by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are all infant seats which have the same buckles. Specifically, they are: Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40. Both the company and NHTSA have received complaints about stuck buckles on the infant seats, the agency said.
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