June 16, 2017 — Graco Children’s Products, Inc. has recalled 25,000 “My Ride 65” car seats after the harness webbing failed routine federal crash-tests.
The recalled car seats have not been linked to any injuries, but they may fail to restrain a child in a car accident. In a serious crash, the webbing on the car seat may break.
The recall involves Graco “My Ride 65” convertible child restraints, model numbers 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. They were sold from May through August 2014 in the United States and Canada.
The problem was discovered in crash-tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Two samples of the webbing had a breaking-strength less than 11,000N in separate crash-tests in January 2015 and April 2017. According to the recall notice:
During a test of the individual harness restrain component, the webbing on certain My Ride 65 convertible car seats did not meet federal requirements for breaking strength.”
Graco was notified of the first failed crash-test in January 2016. The recall was issued a few weeks after Graco was notified of the second failed crash-test in April 2017.
The failures were linked to a single batch of sewn webbing. Graco estimates that 10% of the recalled My Ride 65 car seats are defective. Graco is offering a free replacement harness webbing kit. For more information, consumers should contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109.
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