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Graco recalls harness buckles on select car seats

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NEW buckles: If your car seat currently has one of these buckles, it is not included in this recall. NEW buckles: If your car seat currently has one of these buckles, it is not included in this recall.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --  Graco is recalling the harness buckles used on about 1.9 million infant car seats.

According to an announcement released Tuesday, the buckles were made between July 2010 and May 2013.

The recall is a result of some consumers saying the buckle was either difficult to open or didn't open at all. An investigation was launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the outcome was also released Tuesday.

There have been no reported injuries. Graco officials said they will provide a free replacement buckle.

"As the industry leader in baby and parenting essentials, the decisions we make about product safety are far-reaching. We take this responsibility seriously," said Laurel Hurd, President of Graco Children's Products. "Both NHTSA and Graco investigated consumer concerns in an effort to address the issues with the buckles used on certain infant car seats. We are pleased to announce a solution that we believe is in the best interest of consumers and underscores our shared commitment to child passenger safety."

If you have a car seat with one of these buckles, you can order a buckle replacement kit and install the new buckle as soon as it arrives.

While waiting for replacement kits, parents and caregivers should always continue to use an appropriate car seat. If no alternative is available, the affected car seats may be safely used until replacement buckles are available.

Consumers can find out if their infant car seat is affected by this recall by looking under or behind their car seat, locating the white label and noting the name  and date of manufacture.

Toddler Car Seat Models Affected:

Model Name Dates Produced
Argos 70
Argos 70 Elite
5/1/2011 through 7/31/2013
Classic Ride 50 10/1/2011 through 9/30/2013
Comfort Sport
Ready Ride
10/1/2010 through 9/30/2013
Cozy Cline
Toddler SafeSeat - Step 2
1/1/2006 through 4/30/2010
My Ride 65
My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
4/1/2009 through 7/31/2013; and 9/30/2013*
My Ride 70 5/1/2012 through 7/31/2013
My Size 70
Size4Me 70
Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
1/1/2012 through 7/31/2013; and 8/3/2013*
Nautilus 3-in-1
Nautilus Plus
Nautilus Elite
10/1/2007 through 7/31/2013; and 8/19/2013*
Smart Seat
Smart Seat with Safety Surround
12/1/2010 through 9/30/2013; and 10/9/2013, 12/25/2013, 1/10/2014*
* some car seats manufactured after the end date of production were produced
with the subject buckles


Infant Car Seat Models Affected:

Model Name Dates Produced
SnugRide
SnugRide Classic Connect
March 1, 2011 through May 31, 2013
SnugRide 30
SnugRide Classic Connect 30
July 1, 2010 through January 31, 2013
SnugRide 35
SnugRide Classic Connect 35
May 1, 2011 through January 31, 2013
SnugRide Click Connect 40 June 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Aprica A30 July 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012



Customers can also see if their car seats are affected using their online search forms and order a replacement kit by entering the model name and date of manufacture on GracoBuckleRecall.com or calling (877) 766-7470.

Graco will also provide a free replacement buckle to any consumer who has an infant car seat not included in this recall, but would like to update their buckle to Graco's current buckle design.

"Child seats are very effective at protecting children in crashes, and Graco is one of the industry leaders," said Chris Sherwood, biomechanics engineer and former senior research engineer at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Graco has an experienced safety team, state-of-the-art research and development facilities, and internal safety standards that exceed federal requirements. Parents and caregivers should feel confident in choosing Graco car seats."

For more information, consumers can visit the website at GracoBuckleRecall.com or contact their customer service team at (877) 766-7470 or consumerservices@gracobaby.com.

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