Graco is voluntarily recalling 3.8 million child safety seats from 2009-2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says Graco is complying with their recommendation to recall 11 of 18 model seats.
The recall includes the following models:
- 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
- Note: All Graco SnugRide infant car seats are excluded from this recall.
The reason is the red release button in the center of the harness, can become hard to unlock and jammed in some cases. One would agree that would make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency, as NHTSA suggests.
Graco is offering a “new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected customers at no cost.” People can obtain one by calling 800-345-4109 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a dad of three I remember the days of car seats with harnesses and how messy they would get. The new design allows for less chance of the harness getting stuck but parents should still do their part to clean buckles of food and etc.
According to Graco Baby:
As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco 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. Therefore, we have 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.
As a solution, Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. 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. We encourage all consumers who are experiencing difficulty with their harness buckles to contact our customer service team at 800-345-4109 or email@example.com.
For more information on this recall including a list of affected models and photos of the original and new harness buckles, please go tohttp://www.gracobaby.com/safetyandrecall/pages/safetyandrecallarticle.aspx?recallID=41&page=SafetyAndRecall.