Graco Recalls 1.9 Million More Child Car Seats with Defective Harness Buckles
Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million rear-facing child restraints manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required.
Affected child restraint models include SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect (including Classic Connect 30 and 35), SnugRide 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30. The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button.
Earlier this year, Graco recalled nearly 4.2 million car seats with the same defective buckle. In March, NCCC joined other consumer groups in urging Graco to recall ALL child restraints equipped with the buckle in question.
Graco will replace the defective buckle with a new design, free of charge. For more information on this recall, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 766-7470.
Note: In addition to this recall, Graco will also conduct a consumer satisfaction campaign to cover infant child restraints manufactured with AmSafe QT3 and Signature buckles. Under this campaign, the company will provide a replacement buckle at no cost to any consumer upon their request for the useful life of the child restraint. To see if your model may be covered, call Graco at (877) 766-7470.