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Graco children's car seat recall expanded to 4.2 million

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Graco Children’s Products has added 403,000 more child car seats to the recall it recently made. The firm that produces American baby products announced a recall in February which recalled approximately 3.8 million car seats due to a defect in the harness buckles, according to WebProNews on Thursday.

The recall is voluntary and asserts that the harness buckle can become progressively more difficult to open over time. Logically, the defect could cause a child to become trapped when the buckle fails to unlatch.

The recall involves 11 different car seat models that have been released from 2009 through 2013.

Additionally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the car seat could result in making it difficult to remove a child from the restraint – which would increase the risk of injury if there were to be a fire, crash, or other type of emergency in which a child needed to be removed from the car seat quickly.

Here are the car seat models on the recall list: Toddler Convertible Car Seats: 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, and Smart Seat. Additionally, harnessed booster seats have been listed: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite, and Argos.

Infant safety seats may be added to the list according to the NHTSA. The concern with these seats is that buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, making it difficult to remove children. Parents have had to cut harnesses to get their children out in some cases, according to the NHTSA. Naturally, the problem increases the risk of injuries in emergencies.

Graco refused to include the infant seats in the recall because the firm says most of those seats are used differently. The firm says adults can remove the entire seat rather than just unbuckle the latch. The NHTSA doesn’t agree.

The recall is now up to 4.2 million car seats.

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