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3.7 million Graco car seats recalled due to faulty buckle

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Nearly 4 million car seats are being recalled due to a faulty buckle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the recall on Tuesday for 11 models of car seats made by 'Graco Children's Products'.

According to the NHTSA, this recall is the fourth largest recall for car seats.

The recall pertains to certain Graco car seats made from 2009 through 2013.

The issue with the car seats come from the harness buckle.

Numerous complaints have been made from parents not being able to un-latch the buckle to remove their child from the seat.

"The issue with the buckle is it does not release easily so what parents are afraid of is if they're in a car accident and their car catches on fire or goes into the water they're not going to be able to release the child from their seat," says Jamie Wallace, Captain of the Scottsbluff Fire Department.

Graco issued a statement on it's website stating they're voluntarily recalling the seats, and acknowledged 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."  

Wallace says the first things parents should do if they do own a Graco car seat that is involved with the recall is to clean the buckle. 

Graco recommends submerging the buckle in warm water to remove any dried food or liquids. 

Graco is also offering to replace any faulty harness buckles to consumers at no cost.

More information can be found here: http://www.pages02.net/newellrubbermaid/harness-buckles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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