Since many of you are Graco carseat owners, I wanted to give you a heads up about a recall of 3.7 million Graco carseats due to an issue with the buckle.
Apparently food and liquid causes the buckle to get stuck – and some parents have even reported having to cut their child out of the straps.
At issue: the red release button in the center of the harness, which the NHTSA said can become difficult to unlatch, or can become stuck. That can make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency.
Graco explained that it found “that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.”
… “This does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain a child,” the company said.
The recall models are the following toddler convertible car seats: the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 and Smart Seat.
There are also three harnessed booster seats being recalled: the Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
Graco is providing a free replacement buckle to affected customers. People can obtain one by calling 800-345-4109 or emailing [email protected]