Child restraint recall lists need to be updated to reflect a new recall from Graco affecting multiple models. While this is not a crash performance concern, Graco has identified that that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open or become stuck. The company is conducting a VERY large recall campaign, and will provide improved replacement harness buckles to consumers experiencing difficulty.
Buckle cleaning, replacement and other information is linked at the bottom of the notice.
NHTSA Campaign ID: 14C001000 (www.safercar.gov)
From the Graco website (www.gracobaby.com):
Harness Buckle Recall – 2014 Announcement
As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child. And a car seat is always the safest way to transport your child.
Injuries Reported: 0
Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million
Dates Produced: 2009 through July 2013
Models Affected: 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.
Cleaning Tips for Harness Buckles:
- 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.
Download instructions for replacing buckles: