Graco Children’s Products is one of the most well known names in its industry, providing Americans from Texas to California with products for their child. Unfortunately, the company has found itself in the middle of a recall involving 1.9 million car seats. This is part of the largest seat recall that the U.S. has ever experienced.
The recall, announced earlier this week, brings an end to a showdown between the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Earlier in this year, Graco recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the harness buckles have the potential to stick. However, the company would not add its infant seats to the recall list at the time.
After many months of communicating with the NHTSA, sharing research and data, the company finally decided to move forward with the recall, bringing the total number of seats to 6.1 million. Graco noted that the recall “is in the best interest of consumers and underscores our shared commitment to child passenger safety.”
The models covered by the most recent recall include the Aprica A30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, SnugRide 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect, and the SnugRide.
There are a lot of dangerous products on the market, and in some cases, such as this one, the manufacturer resists issuing a recall. Although Graco said there have not been any injuries as a result of the defect, this does not mean that the NHTSA is wrong with its assumption that it could lead to trouble in the event of an emergency. If that were to happen, the victims’ parents may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor, “Graco buckle recall: Find out if your car seat is among 1.9 million recalled,” July 2, 2014