Graco Children's Products has added more than 403,000 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the red release button in the center of the harness can become difficult to release and become stuck. The concern is that the stuck latch can make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency. Graco said it found that "the food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position." In some cases parents have had to cut the harness to get their children out. Abraham Watkins has experience in handling cases involving faulty car seats and buckles.
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.