|Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on February 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM|
Graco Children's Products has issued a recall on certain models of the ARGOS 70, CLASSIC RIDE 50, COMFORT SPORT, COZY CLINE, MY RIDE 65, MY RIDE 70, MY RIDE W/SAFETY SURROUND, NAUTILUS, NAUTILUS ELITE, SIZE 4 ME 70, MYSIZE 70, HEADWISE 70, and SMARTSEAT with manufacture dates between 2009 and July 2013.
The crotch buckle may become difficult to open, and in some cases are unable to be unlatched to release the child.
The buckle issue DOES NOT affect the crash worthiness or safety of your seat. You can continue to use your seat while waiting for a replacement buckle from Graco. We recommend keeping a seat belt cutter in your vehicle in case of an emergency situation.
Owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (toll-free) or online HERE if they own one of the affected seats.
We feel it is important to note that this recall includes over 3 million seats. Graco's customer service lines and email responce will be extremely busy while trying to help all of their customers who have an affected seat. Please be patient while you are waiting to get confirmation from Graco about the status of your replacement buckle.
Less than 1% of these millions of restraints have been reported to NHTSA for this buckle issue. While some parents might have experienced these difficulties without reporting it, it's good to remember that it is still a very small portion of these seats that have a problem. There is no need to panic about the safety of your seat while you wait for a replacement piece. Any of these seat models that are available for purchase now already have the new buckle system, and there is no concern for a parent to purchase a new Graco seat during this time.