Stuck buckle issue prompts fourth largest car seat recall

The main purpose of toddlers’ car seats is to restrain while they are riding in the vehicle. Not only would this keep them safe during a car accident, but it also keeps Philadelphia parents from worrying about a toddler running amok in the car. If there is a manufacturing defect in the car seat, a child’s life can be put at risk. That is precisely the reason for the fourth largest ever car seat recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Graco has voluntarily recalled roughly 3.7 million toddler car seats due to a buckle issue. If food or liquid seeps into the buckle on the safety harness, the mechanism can become stuck, making it difficult to open and free the child. This could be potentially hazardous in an emergency in which a child must quickly be removed from the car.

The government has requested the recall of 1.8 million more car seats, with the NHTSA investigating. The manufacturer has only recalled 11 of the 18 models that were subject to the recall and produced over a four-year period. Parents who purchased defective models can exchange them for a new product.

Graco maintains that the seats still serve their purpose in restraining their child and said parents could safely continue to use the seats. However, NHTSA has encouraged parents to find a different seat to use until a safer one is acquired. If an emergency were to happen involving the defective product, Graco could possibly be held responsible. Anyone who suffers an injury or worse due to a manufacturer’s negligence should bring them to justice through filing a claim with the help of an attorney.


Source: Fox13, “3.7 million Graco car seats recalled due to buckle issue,” Greg Botelho and Mike Ahlers, Feb. 11, 2014

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