A total of 403,222 children’s car seats made by Graco have been added to an existing recall, but it’s not quite enough to keep the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) happy.
The original recall brought back 3.8 million car seats, but NHTSA says that an additional 1.8 million should have been added to the original number. The issue is the buckle on the seat, which can become jammed over time due to food and beverages being spilled on it, causing it to not open. In some cases, parents had to cut the harness to free their children.
The seats that Graco has decided not to recall are all infant seats, which the company claims will not experience the same problem as infants will not be eating or drinking in the seats themselves. The company also says “Graco SnugRide infant car seats are excluded from this recall because they are uniquely designed to detach from their base for quick release if needed.”
As a sign of good faith however, the company says that it will replace the buckles on non-recalled infant seats at parents request.
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, Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.