Graco has agreed to recall 3.7 million child car seats manufactured in recent years, which is one of the largest such recalls ever. However, Graco is contesting a government request to recall almost 1.8 million more.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested that Graco recall 18 models of seats. However, Graco only voluntarily agreed to recall 11. The NHTSA is continuing its investigation until the issues surrounding the other seven models of car seats have been resolved. This recall is the fourth biggest recall for car seats ever. If the other seats the NHTSA is seeking to recall are added, it will be the biggest car seat recall in history.
According to the NHTSA, the issue with the car seats is the red release button in the center of the harness, which can become difficult to unlatch, or can become stuck. In an emergency, it may become hard or impossible to remove a child quickly. According to Graco, food and dried liquids could make some harness buckles more difficult to open, and could become stuck in the latched position.
Graco is offering a new replacement harness buckle to its customers. It says until customers get the new buckle, parents should continue using the seats. However, the NHTSA is encouraging parents to get alternative car seats to use until the buckles are fixed.
The seats that are being recalled are all toddler seats. The seats that the NHTSA is urging Graco to recall are all infant seats. According to the company, anyone with the infant seats can also get a new buckle for free. It's unclear if any children have been harmed as a result of the defective seats.
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