Graco, the baby product company, has issued a recall of 3.7 million car seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013, making it one of the largest recalls ever, according to CNN.
The problem? An issue with the harness buckle that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports can be difficult to unlatch or can get stuck altogether. "That can make it difficult or impossible to remove the child quickly in an emergency," the news site states.
While Graco is voluntarily recalling the 3.7 million car seats, and replacing the buckles at no cost, the NHTSA has also recommended that an additional 1.8 million more car seats be recalled as well. Graco is contesting that request.
"Graco identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position," Graco posted on its Web site.
"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," the statement continues.
The NHTSA disagrees, however, and recommends that parents and caregivers find an alternate car seat for their children until the buckle has been replaced.
The recall models, according to Graco, are these toddler convertible car seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 and Smart Seat. The harnessed booster seats are the Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
"According to the government, the seven models that Graco isn't recalling despite being asked to do so by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are all infant seats. Specifiically, they are: Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40," CNN reports.
If your child's car seat is included in these lists, contact the Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or firstname.lastname@example.org.