Graco has recalled 3.7 million car seats because of problems with the buckles, with the potential for up to 1.8 million more car seats to be recalled as the government tests them. Currently, it’s the fourth-largest recall of car seats in U.S. history.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 11 car seat models because the harness buckles can become stuck are or very difficult for adults to unlatch. This makes them very dangerous in case of an emergency where a child needs to be quickly removed from a seat.
Thankfully, Graco says there have been no reported injuries as a result of stuck buckles, so this is a safe, preventative measure. The recall covers seats that were made from 2009 to July 2013. Seats made after July 2013 have an improved buckle system.
The toddler convertible car seat models included in the recall are:
- 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
- Smart Seat
The company is also recalling its harnessed booster seats:
- Nautilus 3-in-1
- Nautilus Elite
Buckles get stuck and cannot be undone. Buckles are also prone to sticking or sealing when sticky liquids are spilled on them.
Stop using the car seats immediately. Graco is providing free buckle replacements. The NHTSA and Graco both say the car seats are safe to use once the buckle is replaced. New buckles will include installation instructions, but you can also follow these steps.
Retail Locations for Recalled Items:
The recalled car seats were sold at the following stores, however this is not a complete list and you should contact Graco even if you purchased a recalled seat elsewhere:
- Albee Baby
- Babies ‘R’ Us
- Baby News
- Baby Universe
- Burlington’s Baby Depot
- BuyBuy Baby
- Toys ‘R’ Us
Replacement Contact Information:
Contact Graco directly for a replacement by calling 800-345-4109 or emailing [email protected].
You can read the full recall notification here on Graco’s website.
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