Graco Children’s Products Inc. has announced the addition of more than 400,000 child car safety seats to its recall. The manufacturer recalled nearly 4 million seats in February, citing sticky harness latches that posed a risk of entrapment to children. The initial recall, and this newest one, includes car seats used for toddlers and harnessed booster seats.
The new recall includes the following car seats from model years 2006-2014: Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criticized Graco after the first recall, urging the company to include seven additional car seat models in the recall, rear-facing seats that are used for infants. NHTSA says those seats have similarly manufactured sticky buckles and wants Graco to recall nearly 2 million additional seats.
Graco has maintained the toddler and booster seats pose more of a risk because buckles can get sticky when exposed to food and drink consumed while children are in the seats. The manufacturer also argues the infant seats are used differently than the toddler seats and do not pose an entrapment hazard because an adult could remove the entire seat with the child in it in the event of an emergency.
However, NHTSA says it is investigating complaints for both the forward-facing seats for older children and the rear-facing seats for infants, and has requested an official explanation from the company about why it will not recall the infant seats.
The additional seats the NHTSA want recalled include the Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40.
Graco says it will provide a new and improved replacement harness buckle at no cost to consumers for the recalled models. A Graco spokesperson also told CNN in February that the company would provide replacement buckles for the infant car seats upon request, although they are not included in the official recall.
Consumers can call toll-free 800-345-4109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a replacement buckle.