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403,000 more car seats added to last month's Graco recall

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We told you in February how Graco was recalling 3.8 million car seats because buckles may be hard to release, posing a danger in the case of an accident.

Graco announced Thursday it has added 403,222 child seats to that previous recall.

But the added seats won't end a dispute with the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency still wants Graco to add 1.8 million infant seats to the recall because they have the same buckles.

Here's the problem. Buckles can get junked up by food and drinks, making it difficult to unbuckle and remove the child, which poses an extreme hazard in life threatening situations such as an auto accident. In some cases parents have had to cut harnesses to get their children out. The agency says the problem increases the injury risk in emergencies.

Graco says in a letter to the agency that it found additional toddler and harnessed booster seats that should be recalled. The company still believes the infant seats should be excluded.

As a solution, Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to any consumer who may be experiencing difficulty with their harness buckle at no cost. Consumers are encouraged to place their order for a replacement harness buckle using our online order form. Graco would like to stress that our car seats are safe and effective in restraining children. You can continue to use your car seat while waiting for your new buckle.

To see the models that are recalled and to order a replacement piece, click here.

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