Graco expands child seat recall

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NEW YORK (NBC News) – Graco has expanded last month’s massive recall of 3.8 million child seats to replace faulty harness buckles.

The company has added more than 403-thousand child seats to the list of potential faulty children’s products. The recall has now become the fourth-largest child seat recall in U.S. history.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said buckles on toddler and harness booster seats can get gummed up by food and drinks. If so, the agency says, it would be difficult to remove children from the seat, increasing the risk of injuries to kids in emergencies.

The NHTSA wants to go even further, and is asking Graco to add almost two million “infant” seats to the recall, because they have the same buckles.

Graco said the infant seats are used differently than the toddler seats.  The company also said in an emergency, an adult can remove the whole infant seat from the car rather than unlatch the buckle.

The seats added to the recall include:

  • 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.

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