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Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

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DETROIT (AP) - Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.
 
The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents reported having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle. In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.
 
Affected models include 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.

In a statement on their website, Graco states:

"As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child. And a car seat is always the safest way to transport your child."

On the website, Graco offers tips to clean the buckle and if this doesn't work, there is a link to order a new part.

Click here to go directly to the recall page.

Graco Website