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Graco Safety Seats May Trap Kids In Emergency Situation

Graco Children’s Products announced that it is recalling almost 3.8 million car seats because faulty buckles can make it hard to free the child in an emergency.

The seats involved in the recall are the 2009 to 2013 model years of the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70.

Graco, a leading manufacturer of products for young children, sells the seats at retailers including Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Target.

Graco will replace the buckles at no charge to its customers. They said that the buckles can become hard to operate from dried food and drinks that are spilt into the buckle. Federal safety regulators said the recall, the largest in five years, did not go far enough, and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckles.

In January, the National Highway Safety Administration began investigating similar complaints about child seats made by the Evenflo Company.

The safety agency says it believes some Evenflo models use similar buckles made by the same company that makes the buckles that are being recalled.

Please contact  the Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 or consumerservices@gracobaby.com and they will send you a new and improved replacement harness buckle at no cost.

Graco states that it is “important to note that this does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain your child. The current buckles are safe and you can continue to use them with confidence.”

In an unusual move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.

The investigation into the seats began in 2012 after some parents complained to regulators that they had to cut the straps to remove their children.

 

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