West Virginia parents may be interested to learn that Graco — one of the most popular manufacturers of car safety seats — is recalling close to two million of their infant seats. It is said to be the largest defective product recall for car seats in history. The recall comes after the company disputed the issue for five months with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Graco has already recalled more than four million of their toddler seats this year. That recall was due to a problem with the harness buckle. The NHTSA wanted Graco to recall the infant seats at the same time. However, they refused.
Some parents reported that they had to cut the seat harnesses in order to remove their children from the car seats. In an emergency, this could significantly increase the risk of injury to both children and parents trying to remove them from the seats. All consumers who own a Graco car seat that has this old buckle will be eligible for a replacement buckle free of charge. They are also offering a replacement buckle for consumers who have infant car seats that are part of this recall. It is advised that consumers stop using these car seats until the replacement buckle has been ordered, received and installed to ensure no harm is done to their children.
When West Virginia parents purchase car seats — whether for infants or toddlers — they expect them to be safe for use. If they are not safe, their little bundle of joy is in danger in the event of a car accident. Should a defective product like this result in an injury or death, there may be legal recourse that can be taken in order to obtain compensation for sustained injuries and pain and suffering.
Source: CBS DFW, “Graco Recalling Nearly 2 Million Infant Car Seats“, July 1, 2014