Graco has recalled over 1.9 million infant car seats for a faulty buckle. This is the largest seat recall in US history. After months of dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company decided to widen the recall stating a "higher than typical level of difficulty" in unlatching the buckle. Although no reported deaths have been attributed to this defect parents have reported having to cut the strap in order to unfasten their children from the car seat.
Executives from Graco said this "is in the best interest of consumers and underscores our shared commitment to child passenger safety."
The models being recalled are:
- Toddler car seats: Step 2, Cozy Cline, Ready Ride, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Smart Seat, Smart Seat with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, Nautilus Elite, Argos 70 and Argos 70 Elite
- Infant car seats: SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide 30, SnugRide Classic Connect 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30
Graco will provide replacement buckles free of charge to the customer. Consumers may order the replacement buckle on line at GracoBuckleRecall.com
The Evenflo Co is another company who has used the same buckle on its child seats and has already recalled more than 1 million seats this year, however it is unclear if they will expand their recall.
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