Earlier this year, Graco recalled over 4 million forward-facing child seats due to a faulty buckle. The recall was a result of a safety agency investigation that was prompted by complaints from parents, specifically those who complained they had to cut the straps to remove their children from the car seat.
Federal safety regulators are overseeing the largest recall for child car seats that this country has seen in the last 5 years. Graco, a leading manufacturer for children's products including baby monitors, strollers, swings and high-chairs, is recalling 3.8 million car seats because defective buckles are preventing parents from removing their children from the seats in emergency situations. Reports of these defective buckles began in 2012 when parents complained to regulators that they had to cut the straps in order to free their young children from Graco car seats.
According to the New York Times, Graco is recalling 3.8 million car seats because of faulty buckles. Federal regulators said the recall did not go far enough, and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.