Safety Devices From Graco and phil&teds Cause Concern
August is a major safety month for us at People’s Trust as our members take those last summer vacations, start getting ready for “Back to School,” and hit the road each weekend to fish, camp, or cruise the outlet malls. Between errands and fun, it’s a month where Floridians drive a lot.
To help keep everyone safe during those rides, we want to let you know of two recent recalls that happened during July and could potentially affect you and the product you use to keep your babies safe.
Graco Recalls Nearly 2 Million Car Seats
Graco Children’s Products has recalled 1,910,102 of its rear-facing child restraints manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. This is in additional to the almost 4 million car seats recalled in February.
The defective seats have a latch that can become stuck in the child’s harness buckle. The company says that sometimes the latch is stuck in a way that it can’t be opened by any of the seat’s release buttons.
It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash or other emergency.
Models recalled are:
- SnugRide Classic Connect
- SnugRide 30
- SnugRide Classic Connect 30
- SnugRide 35
- SnugRide Classic Connect 35
- SnugRide Click Connect 40
- Aprica A30
Graco is providing free buckle replacements and the seats will be usable when the buckle is replaced. To get a free buckle sent to you or to have your car seat fixed for you, contact Graco at 1-877-766-7470 and online at its recall page here or www.gracobucklerecall.com.
Because of the concern with these and other child buckles, Graco will provide buckle replacements for the useful life of the car seat, so keep any paperwork you obtain on hand in case there is a future concern with any buckle.
phil&teds Falling Hazard
New Zealand-based phil&teds is recalling some of its car seat adapters for strollers because of a potential fall hazard. The company makes a wide range of strollers and other baby care products, but its Travel System 26 (TS26) infant car seat adapters for strollers.
The company believes it has sold more than 400 units of the T26 adapters.
The plastic adapters used to connect an infant car seat to a stroller can crack and break during use, posing a fall hazard to infants. The danger grows later in the year because the product has been shown to be brittle when in cold weather.
The product being recalled is the TS26 Car Seat Adapters, and they are a set of black clasps that can be found on a variety of phil&teds equipment. To better know if you’re impacted, please note that the TS26 is used with the following:
- Infant Car Seats
- Maxicosi Cabrio Fix
- Maxicosi Mico
- Maxicosi Pebble
- Mountain Buggy Protect
- phil&teds Strollers
- Black Classic
- Navigator with Auto-Stop
Products were sold at baby and specialty stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Diapers.com and phil&teds.com from April 2013 through March 2014 for about $40.
phil&teds will mail you a replacement adapter and provide you with clear instructions on how to quickly change out these clasps. Visit the company’s recall page to fill out a form and receive your new clasps in the mail. The company is asking you to send back the defective parts but will provide a prepaid FedEx label for that shipping.
You can also call phil&teds toll-free at (855) 652-9019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday.
The TS26 travel system is identifiable by an identification label on the right side adapter. New and replacement TS26 have an updated label (TS26 2.0) PLUS an additional max load label on both left and right adapter.
For more information on the recall and to view a video noting all of the products impacted and the replacement process, visit the company’s recall page or head to YouTube.
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