Graco Recalls Harness Buckles On 1.9 Million Infant Car Seats

Graco instructions for replacing buckles. (Graco)

Graco instructions for replacing buckles. (Graco)

It’s not a great week for Graco: Hot on the heels of Consumer Reports’ announcement that one of its strollers is a safety risk, the company says it’s recalling the harness buckles on 1.9 million infant car seats, due to difficulty opening the buckle.

After an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Graco says it will provide a free replacement buckle to those car seats affected, which were manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013.

Don’t know if your car seat’s buckle is part of the recall? You can check its model name and manufacture date on Graco’s recall site.

There have been no reported injuries associated with the funky buckles, but Graco is encouraging consumers to order a buckle replacement kit and install the new piece as soon as it arrives. According to Graco, the seats can still be used safely while waiting for replacement buckles.

“As the industry leader in baby and parenting essentials, the decisions we make about product safety are far-reaching. We take this responsibility seriously,” said Laurel Hurd, President of Graco Children’s Products. “Both NHTSA and Graco investigated consumer concerns in an effort to address the issues with the buckles used on certain infant car seats. We are pleased to announce a solution that we believe is in the best interest of consumers and underscores our shared commitment to child passenger safety.”