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February 26, 2014

What Moms Need to Know: Graco Car Seat Recall

Graco-recalls-3.8-million-car-seat_bucklesGraco is conducting a recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.

Don’t panic: The seats themselves are not unsafe, the problem is with the harness buckles. Graco says that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. This is a voluntary recall and no injuries have occurred.

Graco_Carseat_Recalled_and_improved-Harness_buckles-20140211-2If your Graco car seat has a sticky buckle, Graco recommends you follow the following steps to clean the buckle:

1) 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. 
2) Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water.
3) Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry.
4) Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and re-check harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your harness buckle and cleaning does not improve its performance, you should contact the Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or consumerservices@gracobaby.com to request a free replacement buckle. If you’ve already registered your car seat with Graco, you will automatically receive a Consumer Notification Letter with instructions on how to order a buckle repair kit.


The Graco harness buckle recall affects 3.7 million car seats, including: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite, and Argos.

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