Today, Graco voluntary recalled 3.8 million Toddler Car Seat and Harness Booster Seats that were manufactured from 2009 through July 2013. Through urging by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and product testing, Graco found that liquids and food that dry out on the harness can cause the buckles to become more difficult to open over time or just get stuck (this can be a major safety issue in an accident). The recall does not affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain a child. For your child’s safety, Graco is offering new and improved replacement harness buckles, free.
- Toddler Convertible Car Seats – Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat.
- Harnessed Booster Seats – Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
Graco has provided cleaning solutions for the buckle:
To clean your buckle, turn the restraint over and push the retainer through the harness strap slot. Place the buckle in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, pressing the red button several times while it is in the water.
Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water.
Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry.
Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and re-check harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use.
Contact Graco for your free harness replacement: Graco customer service at 800-345-4109 (M-F from 9 am – 5 pm) or email@example.com.
Additional note: The NHTSA is urging Graco to recall 1.8 million infant car seats that also have the same buckle. Currently these infant car seats (Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35 and Snugride Click Connect 40) do not fall under the recall but they should. If you have any of these infant car seats and have had any issues with the harness sticking or not opening, contact federal regulators.