In one of the biggest car seat recalls in history (it ranks as the 4th largest!), Graco, in cooperation with NHTSA, is recalling 11 of their 18 car seat models made between 2009 and July 2013 totaling 3.7 million car seats. And that may not be it, my friends! Graco is currently contesting a government request to recall an additional 1.8 million more.
The problem with the seats is a buckling issue. Specifically, the red release button to unbuckle the harness may become difficult to unlatch, or can become stuck. That can make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency. According to Graco, when food and liquid spills into the harness buckle and dries, the device can become difficult to unlatch, which could be dangerous in an emergency situation.
The recall models include these Graco toddler convertible car seats:
- Cozy Cline
- Comfort Sport
- Classic Ride 50
- My Ride 65
- My Ride with Safety Surround
- My Ride 70
- Size 4 Me 70
- Nautilus Elite
- Argos 70
The seven remaining models not included in the recall (but may be in the future!) are the following rear facing infant seats:
- Snugride 30
- Snugride 32
- Infant Safe Seat-Step 1
- Snugride 35
- Tuetonia 35
- Snugride Click Connect 40
Additionally, NHSTA says Graco has received 6,100 complaints. Of those, 74 customers said they had to cut the harness to remove their child from the seat.
Here is the recall information from the Graco website:
Potential Problem:As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. 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. And a car seat is always the safest way to transport your child.
Injuries Reported: 0
Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million
Dates Produced: 2009 through July 2013
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.
Solution:Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. If you are experiencing difficulty with your harness buckle and cleaning has not improved its performance, please contact our Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or firstname.lastname@example.org.