A big car seat recall is in effect. Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats including 11 different models, because buckles may be hard to release, posing a danger in the case of an accident.
The announcement, made Tuesday, includes car seats from 2009 through 2013.
AP news says despite the massive recall the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is not happy with the company.
The organization wants Graco to recall an additional 1.8 million rear-facing infant car seats because they have the same issue. However, Graco argues the buckles stop working properly when debris and liquids are dropped into them. NHTSA says it is “completely foreseeable that children will eat or drink while seated in their car seat.” Debris and liquids, NHTSA argues, “should not inhibit or prevent the buckle from its intended function as a ‘quick release device.’ “
The company told USAToday the infant car seats can be taken out of a car with the child still strapped in. This means the car seat can be detached from a base that’s strapped to the car seat. Graco says it is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. The company would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child,’ the company said in the statement.”
The recalled models include “Cozy Cline; ComfortSport; Classic Ride 50; My Ride 65; My Ride with Safety Surround; My Ride 70; Size4Me 70; Smart Seat; Nautilus; Nautilus Elite; and Argos 70.”