Graco Recalls 3.7 million Car Seats Due to Buckle Issue

Published 02/12 2014 08:16AM

Updated 02/12 2014 05:39PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Graco is recalling 3.7 million car seats.

The recall is affecting 11 of its models, made from 2009 to July of last year. Those models include Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.

The reason for the recall is because the red release button is getting stuck. Graco says that during product testing they found that over time, food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open or become stuck. 

This is a major issue if you need to get your child out quickly.

There have been no reported injuries from this incident.

Graco says that the buckle issue does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child.

A car seat expert at Fletcher Allen said the exact thing happened to her.

"For other parents that this may happen, do not cut the rest of the harness," Ann Weinstein, Car Seat Expert at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, said. "If you cut the rest of the harness you could have trouble because Graco will have to replace two pieces."

Fortunately, she said it's an easy fix. Graco will issue you a new buckle for free. You can contact them at  1-800-345-4109 or

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