Graco Agrees to Recall Another 403,222 Child Seats Due to Faulty Harnesses

Posted on March 15, 2014

Graco Improved Harness Buckles

Graco Children's Products is adding another 403,222 child seats to its recall last month of 3.8 million child seats. The seats are being recalled to replace faulty harness buckles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still not satisfied with Graco's response to the situation. In fact, the NHTSA wants Grace to add another 1.8 million infant seats to the recall. The NHTSA says the harnesses on those seats are also defective. Graco is voluntarily complying with the recall

So what's the problem with the buckles? The NHTSA says that the buckles are too hard to open in an emergency, especially if there has been food or drinks spilled on them. The government watchdog agency says there have been cases where parents have been forced to cut their children out of the seats, which would be a disaster in an emergency situation when the child must be removed from a vehicle quickly.

The recall covers child seats, toddler seats and harnessed booster seats. The 403,222 newly recalled seats include the 2006 through 2014 Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround.

The infant seats are the least problematic, because in an emergency the adult could simply remove the entire seat if the buckle gets stuck. But the government still wants the seats recalled and fixed. If Graco agrees to recall the infant seats, this will be the largest child seat recall in American history.

You can see all the details for the recall, with lists of serial numbers and how to get your seat fixed on Graco's website.

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