Millions of parents put their trust in car seats every day to protect their children. Our nation has numerous laws concerning the necessity and proper usage of car seats. But, in a recent move by Graco, one of the country’s leading child safety seat manufacturers, more than 3.5 million child car seats have been recalled due to a buckling issue that could leave child riders trapped.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Graco has voluntarily recalled 11 out of the 18 seat models that the agency asked them to recall. The seven other seat models are still under review, as Graco contests the recall request of the nearly 1.8 million additional car seats.
Graco Car Seats Recalled
The seats in question were toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured between 2009 and July 2013. The problematic harnesses have been corrected on all newer models of seats since July of last year.
The issue with these buckles involves the red release button in the middle of the straps. Reports state that the button can become stuck, not allowing children to be removed from the seat quickly in an emergency situation.
Representatives from Graco stated that their findings have shown that food and dried liquids that get on the buckle—a problem common with young children—can cause the button to stick.
To date, Graco has reported that no injuries have resulted from the buckle problem yet, and that owners can receive a free replacement harness by calling 1-800-345-4109. Graco urges customers that continued use of the car seat is still recommended until a replacement harness and buckle is received. The company insists that the harness problem does not affect the car seat’s ability to protect a child. However, the NHTSA recommends that owners find an alternative child safety seat to use until any replacement harness has been received.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we’d like to urge you to check your child’s safety seat to be sure it is not one of the models under the recall. In the event of a car accident, it is important that you and/or emergency personnel be able to safely and quickly remove your child from the seat. Sadly, too many children are injured because of defective car seats each year. Something designed to protect your child should not be the thing that brings him great harm.
If you have any questions concerning faulty child car seats, please contact our law offices today.