Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Defective Child Car Seats
Graco Children's Products has announced an extensive recall of 3,773,379 model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints.
The car seat models affected by this recall include: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70. All the recalled car seats were made from 2009 through 2013.
The alleged 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.
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.
Graco has not yet provided a remedy for this recall. Consumers should contact Graco toll-free at 800-345-4109 for further information.
UPDATE: On March 7, 2014, Graco informed the NHTSA that it would be including an additional 403,222 child safety seats in this recall, including certain model year 2006 through 2014 Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Smart Seat with Safety Surround, and Nautilus Plus car seats. The recall now affects a total of 4,176,601 child safety seats.