Recall Alert! Graco Car Seats [UPDATED]

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UPDATED March 13: Graco has added 403,222 seats to the recall, including: 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced that Graco has issued a recall on 3.8 million car safety seats. The recall was announced due to the fact that a child can be trapped in the seat. The recalled models include: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70. Graco has not announced a recall on their seven similar infant seat models. The buckles on the seat may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat, increasing the risk of injury in a crash or fire.

So far, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received over 80 reports about the seats.

The NHTSA said, “NHTSA’s investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency’s consideration of the review of the 7 remaining seat models is completed.” As of now, none of the Graco SnugRide seats have been recalled, but pending the NHTSA’s investigation, that could change. Currently, Graco has “identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.” They’ve also emphasized that the infant seats were not included in the recall, saying that the SnugRide has been “uniquely designed to detach from their base for quick release if needed.” But if you have had issues with your infant seat, you can get a free replacement.

If you own the recalled car seats, Graco is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. The company said in a statement, “Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child.” The recall includes 11 different models sold from 2009 to 2013.

Parents can contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 or (330) 869-7225. You can also visit Graco online and visit their “Safety and Recalls” tab for further information.

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