Child Seat Recall Due to Buckling Issue

on April 24, 2014 by Gene M. Lerner

Gene's picThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that Graco is voluntarily recalling 11 of 18 model child seats due to a buckling issue. It is estimated that this recall impacts 3.7 million car seats, which makes it one of the largest recalls of car seats ever, listed as the fourth biggest. The seven models of Graco seats not included in the recall are being reviewed by NHTSA. If these models are added to the recall, it will be the largest car seat recall.

The recall is due to an issue with the latching system in the center of the harness. The red release button can become difficult to unlatch or become stuck. As a result, it poses a danger for children who must be removed from the seat quickly in an emergency. The recall impacts seats manufactured from 2009 to July, 2013.

The car seats are still effective for restraining a child, so Graco encourages parents to continue using the car seat until the buckle can be replaced. Meanwhile, NHTSA advises the public to consider using an alternative car seat until the Graco is fixed.

Graco is offering complimentary replacement buckles to affected customers. The replacement harness buckle may be obtained by calling (800) 345–4109, or e-mailing “consumerservices@Gracobaby.com.”

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