Graco has recalled 11 different models of child car seats sold between
2009 and 2013 adding up to nearly 3.8 million seats. The popular car seats
have been recalled because children can get trapped by buckles that do
not always unlatch. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), this recall is the fourth-largest child seat recall
in U.S. history.
The Associated Press reports that federal safety regulators want the recall to include another
1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants. The NHTSA may
hold a public meeting to call on Graco to recall those infant seats as
well, which will put the total number of seats recalled at 5.5 million.
The seats are being recalled because the latches can stop working if they
get sticky from spilled food and drinks. A spokesperson for Graco has
stated that the infant seats have not been recalled because infants do
not have food and beverages as often as children. They will, however,
send replacement buckles to owners of infant seats who request the new
parts. The company has also offered cleaning tips for the buckles to help
prevent children from getting stuck.
At the time of the report, there have been no injuries related to the defect.
There have, however, been cases of parents needing to cut their child
out of the seat because the latch was stuck. According to a recent
ABC News report, the NHTSA is looking into whether models of Evenflo child safety
seats will need to be recalled as well. Evenflo has a number of seats
that may use the same buckles made by AmSafe Commercial Products Inc.
that led to the Graco recall.
It is important to stay abreast of product recalls because there are many
dangerous products in the marketplace. If you or someone you love has
been injured by a defective product such as a car seat, please make sure
you preserve the product for a thorough inspection. Please contact an
experienced San Jose product liability lawyer who will help you protect
your rights and obtain fair compensation for your losses.