Troublesome buckles that can trap children in car seats are the cause of a recall involving 3.8 million Graco-made child seats.
An additional 1.8-million infant car seats are said to be affected by the same issue according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who issued a letter to Graco on Tuesday that claims that the recall improperly excludes rear-facing infant car seats that use the same buckle.
The problem with the buckle, according to Graco, is food and beverage spills that over time can cause the buckle to get sticky and become harder to use. Owners who have registered their car seats will receive a free replacement buckle from the company, while those that did not register their seat can contact the company’s consumer hotline at 800-345-4109 for more info.
As for the infant seats, Graco claims that food and beverage spills are not common on these seats, and therefore there is no recall necessary. Still, as a sign of good faith, the company will replace the buckle on these seats at the owners request. Instructions on replacing the buckle will be sent along with it, and a video will posted by the company explaining the proper procedure.
In total, NHTSA has received 80 complaints about the buckles, but there have been no injuries reported as a result of the defect. There are a total of 11 different models affected by the recall, all of which are listed below.
Graco Models Affected
Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.