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Graco Defies Govt Request, Recalls Just 400,000 Car Seats

Graco Defies Govt Request, Recalls Just 400,000 Car Seats

March 13, 2014 — Last month’s Graco car seat recall of 3.8 million child car seats has been expanded (.pdf) to include 403,222 toddler and booster seats (model years 2006-2014).

However, Graco is not complying with U.S. government safety officials who want another 1.8 million infant car seats recalled because they have the same buckle.

The car seats have a faulty buckle that can get gummed up by food and drinks, potentially making it impossible to open. In an emergency, this could result in severe injury or death of a child. Some parents have had to cut straps to remove their child.

Toddler and booster car seats added to the recall:

  • 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
  • Smart Seat with Safety Surround

Graco has until March 20 to tell the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) why they did not recall infant car seats. Graco insists the seats are safe — in an emergency, the whole seat can be removed from the car by unclipping a buckle attaching the seat to the vehicle, instead of removing the infant from the car seat.

In a statement, Graco said:

“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.”

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