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Graco recalls nearly 2 million infant car seat harness buckles

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Graco is recalling 1.9 million car seat buckles because of complaints from customers who could not open them. Graco is recalling 1.9 million car seat buckles because of complaints from customers who could not open them.
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Graco has issued a recall for harness buckles used on around 1.9 million infant car seats. The company says some customers had issues with opening the buckles.

The recall came as a result of an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It affects seats that were manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013.

Graco has announced the company will provide a free replacement buckle to all affected customers. So far, there have been no reported injuries associated with the defect.

“As the industry leader in baby and parenting essentials, the decisions we make about product safety are far-reaching. We take this responsibility seriously,” said Laurel Hurd, President of Graco Children’s Products. “Both NHTSA and Graco investigated consumer concerns in an effort to address the issues with the buckles used on certain infant car seats. We are pleased to announce a solution that we believe is in the best interest of consumers and underscores our shared commitment to child passenger safety.”

Customers have been asked to order a buckle replacement kit and install the new buckle immediately. Company leaders say the affected seats can be safely used until a replacement arrives.

“Child seats are very effective at protecting children in crashes, and Graco is one of the industry leaders,” said Chris Sherwood, biomechanics engineer and former senior research engineer at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Graco has an experienced safety team, state-of-the-art research and development facilities, and internal safety standards that exceed federal requirements. Parents and caregivers should feel confident in choosing Graco car seats.”

If you need to check to see of your infant car seat is affected, click here. Or, you can call (877) 766-7470.

Graco says the company will also replace those car seat buckles not affected for any consumer wanting to update to the current buckle design.

Click through the above slideshow to see some other recent recalls affecting infant and child products.

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