Graco Car Seat Recall: 5 Things Moms Need to Know

rear-facing car seatIf you've got a baby in a rear-facing car seat, listen up. Nearly two million rear-facing car seats are being recalled today, a followup to the huge Graco recall already issued earlier this year. The problem is the buckle in the safety seats -- a buckle that has been known to jam, trapping children in their car seat.

The buckle is the same one used on other previously recalled Graco seats, but the company initially told federal regulators that a recall was unwarranted because the rear-facing seats are designed differently than others. Now 1.9 million seats for younger children are up for recall based on a company investigation that found "a higher than typical level of difficulty" when unlatching the buckle that could increase "the risk of injury in the event of an emergency situation where prompt exit from the vehicle is required."

So what do parents need to know?

1. The recall affects the buckle, not the whole seat, and as such the seats can still be used.

2. Models affected (and manufacture date) included: 

  • SnugRide: March 2011 - May 2013
  • SnugRide Classic Connect: March 2011 - May 2013
  • SnugRide 30: July 2010 - January 2013
  • SnugRide Classic Connect 30: July 2010 - January 2013
  • SnugRide 35: May 2011 - January 2013
  • SnugRide Classic Connect 35: May 2011 - January 2013
  • SnugRide Click Connect 40: June 2012 - December 2012
  • ApricaA30: July 2011 - April 2012

3. To determine whether your car seat is affected, look under or behind your car seat, locate the white label, and note the name and date of manufacture. It should look like this:

Graco model

4. Graco will provide a free buckle replacement. While waiting for your replacement, the company suggests cleaning the existing buckle.

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5. To get your repair kit, to check if your seat is under the recall, or for other information, visit Graco's buckle recall site or call 877-766-7470.

Have you experienced issues with your car seat buckle? What happened?

 

Images via © iStock.com/RobHainer; Graco

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BrookeandBrandon Boyd

You should really change the picture. It is of a Chicco infant car seat and the recall is for Graco models.

nonmember avatar Maryann Marr

Agreed!! If it's a Graco recall then why is the car seat in the picture a Chicco? It's false advertisement for the wrong company. I thank you for the info but let's not try and get the wrong message to people who may not read the entire article.

nonmember avatar sheena

Please put a picture of a Graco seat on a Graco recall. I initially thought my chicco was being recalled.

nonmember avatar Nicole d

Yep change the pic Chicco has the best products and customer service you are doing a terrible thing to a company that hasn't recalled anything, I'm surprised someone from their company hasn't asked to pull the picture side note it took us over a month to get the new buckle from graco for our nautilus I will never buy that brand again

Samal... Samalama319

Its recalled but still takes 6-8 weeks to be delivered to you. My neice's carseat was in this bunch.

nonmember avatar Amber Noble

Its not just graco issusing a recall, evenflo is now too! Do some research on your own carset to ensure its not being recalled not just trust what you read in articles!

Charl... Charlyla2

I have one that was recalled a few months ago. Took 2 months to get the replacement. I wish I had just bought a new chair.

nonmember avatar Amanda

The models that you stated were recalled were not all of them. They also recalled many other including the Nautilus.

nonmember avatar Amber Noble

These are just the additional recalls! Do research people! If you have a graco go to the site for a full list if you have and evenflo go to there site! This is common sense, stop waiting for some article to explain it to you! So what if the picture is wrong, check to see if chicco has followed suit! And its not the seats themselves but the buckles and only because people do not clean them! Get informed, do some research!

nonmember avatar Amber Noble

These are just the additional recalls! Do research people! If you have a graco go to the site for a full list if you have and evenflo go to there site! This is common sense, stop waiting for some article to explain it to you! So what if the picture is wrong, check to see if chicco has followed suit! And its not the seats themselves but the buckles and only because people do not clean them! Get informed, do some research! The reason why it takes so long is because they have lots to process and it is not a major issue! It has nothing to do with graco being a poor company! They did this to satisfy customer complaints in the first place, out of curtisy not because they were forced to!

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