Before you head out in the car with your children today, you might want to check your car seat. Graco announced a massive recall of more than three million of their popular car seat models this week due to potentially faulty buckles. The company recently learned that the buckles can become stuck, making it difficult to remove your child in an emergency. After nearly eighty complaints were filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco determined that food and dried liquids that get spilled on the buckles can make some harnesses progressively more difficult to open over time and can get stuck in the latched position.
While the company stresses the harness issue won’t affect the performance of the seat, they are voluntarily recalling a number of models. The affected models are : Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, 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, Ready Ride, Smart Seat, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite, Nautilus Plus, Argos 70, and Argos 70 Elite. These models were manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.
The Graco Baby website offers tips on cleaning the buckles for continued use, however a replacement buckle can also be obtained. Consumers affected by the recall can contact the Graco customer service department to receive their new buckle free of charge.
This recall is a serious safety concern for parents which could result in catastrophic injuries to a child. The biggest question at hand is if the recall will take care of the problem before any injuries occur. In 2012, parents told federal safety regulators that they did not believe the car seats were safe for use. In fact many said they had to cut the straps of the car seat to remove their children.
So are your children truly safe in their car seats? There are many safety concerns when it comes to your child.
-Do I have the right car seat for my child? Make sure that the seat fits your child. Follow the height and weight guidelines for your specific seat. Car seats need to be replaced as children grow. Also, make sure that it fits your vehicle. Not all seats fit in all cars. Don’t assume that just because it fits in one vehicle, that it will fit in another.
-Is it installed properly? Make sure that it is used correctly EVERY TIME. Using a car seat improperly even one time can lead to serious injuries. Stop by a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station in your area to ensure that you child’s seat is secured correctly. The Department of Motor Vehicles also offers some insightful information on installing car seats.
What should I do if I own a recalled model or if I have been involved in a motor vehicle collision with a child in a car seat? Contact our knowledgeable child injury lawyers today for your FREE consultation. Our attorneys will work hard to make sure you get the justice you deserve. (770) 217-4954