Warnings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have prompted the recall of nearly 4 million Graco car safety seats manufactured between 2009- 2013 after it was found that harness buckles could get stuck from having food and beverages dumped on them over time, trapping infants.
“Some consumers reported that they had no choice but to resort to the extreme measure of cutting the straps to free their children from the seats,” the NHTSA complained to Graco by letter.
Models involved in the recall include:Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70.
Rear facing seats are not affected by the recall, however, since infants don’t get food or liquids on their seats.
Although Graco spokeswoman Ashley Mowrey claims that only 1% of the seats being recalled have actually gotten stuck, the company has agreed to send replacement buckles free of charge to anyone who registered their seats. Consumers who did not register them can call the company at 800 345-4109, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.