A Graco car seat recall in February affected 3.8 million units of the protection devices for babies and toddlers. This decision by the company was made concerning the the construction of 11 of their 18 models of car seat.
Car seats with the defect were manufactured between 2009 and July 2013, according to the company. A spokesperson for the car seat producer said the affected buckle was changed on products manufactured in the second half of last year. This was the fourth-largest recall ever made of the devices.
Manufacturing problems centered around the buckle used to secure children in their seats. The button to unlatch the buckle can become stuck, making it difficult to remove the child in an emergency. Food or drink spilled in the mechanism can aggravate the problem.
Announcement of the voluntary recall was made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“NHTSA’s investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the agency’s consideration of the review of the 7 remaining sea models is completed,” the agency reported.
Graco has agreed to replace all faulty buckles with the new design, at no cost to parents.
“This does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain a child,” the company told its customers.
The NHTSA is recommending that parents find a different car seat to use while waiting for the replacement part to come in from Graco.