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Graco Recalls Over 4 Million Child Seats

by Mark A. J. Fassold on 03/14/2014

Graco Children’s Products, Inc. has expanded its March recall of child safety seats.  Over 4 million car seats, toddler seats, and booster seats are affected by this recall.  Graco is recalling model years 2006 through 2014 toddler and booster child restraints for faulty harness buckles.  The Office of Defects Investigation opened their investigation into the Graco child seats after receiving 25 reports from consumers that “excessive force and/or effort” was needed to unlatch the harness.  The Office of Defects Investigation found 55 more reports of faulty latches after their investigation began.  Of the 80 initial car seat failure reports, some consumers were simply unable to unlatch their children from the child seats, and either removed a child through the belts or had to cut the belts off.

These child seats are a danger to children in the event that they must be evacuated quickly after a motor vehicle accident or fire.

The following models are affected:

2009 - 2013
Cozy Cline
Comfort Sport
Classic Ride 50
My Ride 65
My Ride w/Safety Surround
My Ride 70
Size 4 Me 70
Smart Seat
Nautilus
Nautilus Elite
Argos 70 

2006 – 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
Nautilus Plus
Smart Seat with Safety Surround 

Graco is offering a replacement buckle free of charge for all car seats with affected buckles.  If you own one of the car seats mentioned above, you can contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (toll-free), 1-330-869-7225, or online at consumerservices@gracobaby.com.  You may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

For more information on this recall, click here.

Call Watts Guerra, LLP

The attorneys at Watts Guerra, LLP are here to help you in your time of need.  If your child was injured due to a defective car seat, toddler seat, booster seat, or other motor vehicle child restraint system, contact us today.  We have handled defective automotive component part and defective car seat cases across the country for over 20 years; and, we will work to seek justice for your injured child.

Tags: Mass Torts, Defective Consumer Products, Consumer Product Mass Torts

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