More trouble for baby gear manufacturer Graco. The company has now recalled over 400,000 car seats after parents make shocking claim that they have had to cut harnesses to get their children out safely. Will you continue to buy Graco products?
Graco is recalling car seats due to a malfunction with the harness. Parents have reported that the harness lock jams up, and children have to be removed by cutting the fabric harnesses open.
Graco Recalls 400k Car Seats
Graco is in big trouble yet again. On Thursday, March 13, the company has added 403,222 car seats to the Feb. 2014 list of over 3.8 million recalls. Graco claims that the buckles on harnesses which keep babies and children strapped in safely have been getting jammed up by food and liquids, which prevents parents from being able to remove their children, according to the Washington Post.
This is extremely dangerous, because if a child needs to removed quickly in the case of an emergency, both the child and parents lived can be endangered. Multiple parents have already reported that they have had to cut the fabric harnesses on the car seats to remove their children.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following Graco product lines have been affected by the recall:
- 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
- Smart Seat with Safety Surround
Graco’s Troubled Product Past
In 2010 it was revealed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that between the years of 2003 and 2005, at least four babies tragically died while riding in Graco strollers. The babies apparently became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled to death.
In Feb, 2014, Graco was forced to recall over 3.8 million different car seats to replace faulty harness buckles. The NHTSA is still waiting for Graco to add over 1.8 million more car seats that have the same issue to the recall list.
Tell us, HollyMoms — Have you purchased any Graco products recently? Will you continue to shop the troubled company’s line? Let us know your thoughts below!
– Lauren Cox