The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") announced that Graco is recalling 11 models of car seats. The recall affects approximately 3.7 million car seats, one of the largest recalls of car seats ever. Graco said the recall impacts all harness buckles used on "all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013."
Graco car seats contain a red release button which can be very difficult to unbuckle, or become stuck altogether. The fear is that it would take additional time to remove a child during an emergency.
Graco announce it was offering a new replacement buckle at no cost. People can obtain one by calling 800-345-4109 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The recalled models are as follows: the 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 and Smart Seat. The harnessed booster seat models that are part of the recall are as follows: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.