Parents with certain Graco infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013 should get a replacement buckle to eliminate an issue with hard-to-open buckles on those seats.
Graco says some consumers reported issues opening those buckles. That prompted an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Graco is offering replacement buckles for free. The other buckles have been redesigned to make them easier to use.
Models affected by the recall include:
• Infant car seats: SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide 30, SnugRide Classic Connect 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30.
For specific dates of manufacture, visit www.gracobucklerecall.com
Consumers can verify which buckle they have by entering the model name and date of manufacture on GracoBuckleRecall.com. This information can be found on the white label located on the bottom of the infant car seat carrier. Also, Graco will offer a free replacement buckle to anyone who has an infant car seat not included in this recall, but would like to update their buckle to Graco’s current buckle design.
For more information or questions, consumers may contact customer service at 877-766-7470 (Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Graco tells me those seeking replacement buckles will get replacement kits in Summer 2014. While waiting for replacement buckles, Graco says car seats equipped with affected buckles are safe to use. If your buckle becomes sticky, the company recommends cleaning it by following the instructions available on GracoBuckleRecall.com