Graco Children’s Products Recalls 3.7 Million Children’s Seat Belt Harness BucklesPublished: Feb 12, 2014 in Defective Products, Personal Injury
Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama product liability attorney Keith T. Belt.
Graco Children’s Products, Inc. (Graco) is recalling model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints, models Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70. The alleged defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle’s release button. 3.7 million of these seats were sold in the United States over the five period of time, retailing for $99.00 – $399.00.
It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency, in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. Owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (toll-free) or 1-330-869-7225, or online at [email protected].
As you are waiting for the replacement buckle pictured above, the manufacturer recommends the following:
Cleaning Tips for Harness Buckles:
- To clean your buckle, turn the restraint over and push the retainer through the harness strap slot. Place the buckle in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, pressing the red button several times while it is in the water.
- Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water.
- Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry.
- Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and re-check harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use.
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