WASHINGTON — Graco announced Tuesday it is recalling almost 3.8 million car safety seats because children might get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.
Federal safety regulators have criticized the company because the regulators believe an additional 1.8 million rear-facing seats for infants should be included as well. Seven models of the smaller seats have the same buckles.
It covers 11 models made from 2009 through 2013 by Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta.
The NHTSA warns parents the problem could make it “difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire or other emergency,” according to a documents released Tuesday.
The NHTSA says it could hold a public hearing and require Graco to add the nearly 2 million infant seats to the recall.
According to the Associated Press, Graco says 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 says the rear-facing infant seats weren’t included because infants don’t get food or drinks on their seats.
The company says customers who request them can get replacement buckles for the infant seats. Follow this link for information to get a replacement buckle.
Affected models include:
- Cozy Cline
- Classic Ride 50
- My Ride 65
- My Ride with Safety Surround
- My Ride 70
- Size 4 Me 70
- Smart Seat
- Nautilus Elite
- Argos 70