Graco Car Seat Recall Child Seat Buckle Consumer Reports News

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Graco has of about 3.7 million child for issues related to the seats’ mechanism. When food or liquids get into the buckle, it can increasinly difficult to use and may even the buckle stick in its close according to the official recall The action affects many of the car-seat maker’s convertible and booster seats.

Our experience the buckle design covered in recall is that it can be more and less intuitive to use than products. The buckle not only more force to open some others, but it is quite to the angle at which it is held and the of forces against it. Our observations are with the more than consumer complaints that has received regarding the buckle.

For that reason, Graco was in the process of phasing out these moving to newer, easier

If you own one of the car seats, here are five key we think you should know this recall.

1. Crash is not the issue, removing the child is.

The that incorporate these are not a risk for crash protection. A and buckle are tight and keep child buckled in, which is how you would want a seat to in a motor vehicle crash. The the recall was issued and where a buckle becomes a greater is one of extrication.

If the child cannot be removed from a seat a crash or in another emergency such as a fire, then may be a higher risk of injury to the

2. Infant seats should be in the recall.

For the reason we mention we also encourage Graco to the recall and buckle replacements to its infant seats. Although notes that with seats, the quickest way to remove a from a post-crash or unsafe is to simply detach the removable from the base, our simulated tests often find carriers will no longer from their bases withstanding the forces of a crash. The cannot be relied on as the only way to get a out; the harness should open.

If you own an infant seat you believe incorporates the buckle in we encourage you contact Graco’s service to take advantage of the replacement program or 800-345-4109.

3. are ways to make the buckle to use.

The buckles in question have a button that activates toward the top than the center, and are very sensitive to position. It can be difficult to unfasten because the has force against it from due to the child’s body pushing it when the harness is tight or from your hand it when holding it to unbuckle. factors can cause the buckle to be in a “stuck” position.


To try and make easier:

Loosen the harness a bit you unbuckle to try and reduce some of the on the back.

It’s natural to put hand behind the buckle as a as you’re trying to push to it, but that may actually make it to open. Try releasing the buckle by it but not pushing from the back.

Push the release button toward the top rather than the Graco covers some of in an online video. You may also try to the buckle per Graco’s instructions in the if it still is very stiff to

4. Cut harness straps only as a resort.

Coverage of the recall has that some parents and have resorted to cutting the straps as a last resort to get kids out. We don’t them if they’ve tried else. Our concern is that you’ve cut those straps, rendered that seat

If you’ve already tried the above to get the buckle open and can’t, try loosening the harness opening the chest clip, and if you can get your child out. it goes without saying but travel with your without the use of a restraint because cut the harness is not an option and a much risk.

If you can get by with loosening the harness to get child in and out for a brief period your new buckle arrives, better. The buckle replacement is straightforward for most of these and rather than trash a seat, perhaps you can get by this way your new buckle arrives

5. manufacturers and models may be affected.

is not the only manufacturer that this style of buckle. We that other manufacturers as Evenflo use this buckle on some of their seats as The National Highway Traffic Administration is aware of that and is to other manufacturer’s designs as of the investigation into the recall.

If the issues related to this sound oddly familiar, but seat is not a Graco model, the customer service for your own seat. Evenflo customer is 1-800-233-5921 or their ParentLink center .

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