Graco Children’s Products is recalling several of its car seats due to a faulty buckle. The buckle can get stuck in the latched position, making it difficult to remove your child from the seat and increasing the risk of injury in an emergency.
Visit the Graco website to look up affected models. If your car seat is included in the recall, you can order a free replacement harness buckle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages parents and caregivers to consider using an alternative car seat until the buckle is fixed.
If you need more information about the Graco recall, or recalls for any other car seat, you can look up car seat recalls over the past 10 years, or call the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
Be sure to register your car seat so that you are notified in the event of a recall.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 -14. This Saturday, you can get a free car seat inspection and hands-on advice about car seat safety at National Seat Check events nationwide.
To help your child stay safe on the road:
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
- Register your car seat with the manufacturer to ensure you are alerted in case of safety alerts or recalls.
Learn more about car seat safety and find where you can get your seat inspected.