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Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

Graco child seat recall over faulty buckles doesn’t include 1.8 more rear-facing seats

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.

Federal safety regulators claim the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants.

Graco car seat recall buckles faultyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.

Both the company and NHTSA have received complaints about stuck buckles on the infant seats, the agency said.

“Some of these consumers have had no choice but to resort to the extreme measure of cutting the harness straps to remove their child from the car seat,” the NHTSA letter said.

The agency wants Graco to identify the total number of seats that potentially have the defect and explain why it is pushing for the smaller recall.

Graco told The Associated Press that its tests found that food or beverages can make the harness buckles in the children’s seats sticky and harder to use over time.

The company will send replacement buckles for free to owners who registered their seats. Owners who didn’t register their seats but want free replacement buckles can call the company’s consumer hotline at 800-345-4109 or visit its website.

Rear-facing infant seats aren’t being recalled because infants don’t get food or drinks on their seats, Graco spokeswoman Ashley Mowrey said. But Mowrey said Graco will send replacement buckles to owners of rear-facing infant seats upon request.

Full recall statement HERE

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