Graco Issues Recall on 3.7 Million Car Seats

Parents who buy car seats for their children in Philadelphia do so with the expectation that the seat will keep their child safe in the event of an accident. They probably wouldn’t dream of the seat actually interfering with their child’s safety during an emergency.

Yet this is exactly what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says could happen to a number of toddler convertible car seats and booster seats manufactured by Graco between 2009 to July 2013. The NHTSA asked Graco to recall the seats after an investigation revealed that the release button can be hard to unfasten and has the potential to get stuck. This can become a problem when trying to get a child out of a car in the event of an emergency.

Graco agreed to voluntarily recall 11 of the 18 seat models that the NHTSA requested the company recall. There are 3.7 million seats affected, making the recall one of the biggest in history affecting car seats.

Although Graco says the release button does not affect the way the car seat performs in an accident and encourages parents to continue to use the seats until they receive a new buckle, The NHTSA advises parents to use a different car seat for their children until the buckle is fixed.

If you have been adversely affected by this car seat buckle issue, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about filing a product liability suit against the company. Doing so may enable you to be properly compensated for the damages caused by the defect.

Source: Fox 13, “3.7 million Graco car seats recalled due to buckle issue,” Greg Botelho and Mike Ahlers, Feb. 11, 2014

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