Recall Alert: Graco Car Seat Harness Buckle
Thanks to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco is conducting a recall of 1.9 million rear-facing infant seats due to faulty harness buckles. The New York Times reported on the issue, which follows behind recall announcements by Graco in February and March for similar harness buckles.
The Faulty Harness Buckle
The seats are being recalled, because, under certain conditions, these faulty harness buckles may not release like they’re meant to. This means that if you or a first responder needs to get your child out of a car, as quickly as possible, they may not be able to unbuckle the harness. Sadly, an incident involving a forward-facing seat (the model which was later recalled in February in March) led to the death of a 2-year-old girl who was trapped in the seat during a car fire in 2011. After pressure from the NHTSA and concerned consumers, Graco has issued a recall and is replacing the defective buckle for free.
Infant Seat Models Being Recalled
• 2011-2013 SnugRide and SnugRide Classic Connect
• 2010-2013 SnugRide 30 and SnugRide Classic Connect 30
• 2011-2013 SnugRide 35 and SnugRide Classic Connect 35
• 2012 SnugRide Click Connect 40
• 2011-2012 Aprica A30
Toddler Seat Models Being Recalled
• 2011-2013 Argos 70 and Argos 70 Elite
• 2011-2013 Classic Ride 50
• 2010-2013 Comfort Sport and Ready Ride
• 2006-2010 Cozy Cline and Toddler SafeSeat- Step 2
• 2009-2013 My Ride 65 and My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
• 2012-2013 My Ride 70
• 2012-2013 My Size 70, Size4Me 70 and Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
• 2007-2013 Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus and Nautilus Elite
• 2010-2014 Smart Seat and Smart Seat with Safety Surround.
It can take months or years for a recall to be issued, and that means consumers could be using defective products and putting their loved ones in danger. If a recall hasn’t been issued, but you believe your loved one has been injured due to a malfunctioning product, contact a lawyer immediately. It’s important to file a complaint with the NHTSA too. Unfortunately, recalls only occur after injuries happen. If your child has been injured due to a faulty or defective car seat, contact an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible.