Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 2:32 pm
Graco recently announced that it is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats. Earlier this year Graco had recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the harness buckles can get stuck.
According to a recent AP article by Tom Krisher, the harness buckles can get gummed up by fluid and drinks which can make it harder to quickly remove a child from the car seat. When Graco first announced its initial recall of just the toddler seats in February 2014, NHTSA sent the company a sternly worded letter questioning why the infant seats weren’t included in the recall.
Apparently, Graco initially argued that the infant seats were different than toddler seats claiming that in an emergency the adult could remove the whole seat rather than using the buckle.
But, in a recent letter to NHTSA, Graco stated that further investigation showed a higher than typical level of difficulty in unlatching the infant seat buckles. Graco says that it will replace the buckles for free.
You can see which infant seats are being recalled by going to www.GracoBuckleRecall.com or by calling 1-877-766-7470.
Source: Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.