Car seats and booster seats are supposed to protect children and infants from injury in an auto accident. Unfortunately, defective car seats can also contribute to serious injuries or death. In 2014, over 6 million car seats were recalled — but less than half were repaired.
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UPDATE: Recaro Recalls Performance and ProRide Car Seats
September 18, 2015 — Recaro Child Safety, LLC is recalling over 173,000 Performance and ProRide car seats because the top tether can come loose and fail to protect a child in a car crash. Click here to read more.
August 14, 2015 — Britax is recalling about 200,000 ClickTight Advocate, Boulevard, and Marathon car seats because a sticky button could allow the shoulder straps to loosen. Click here to read more.
April 17, 2015 — After delaying a recall of about 4 million car seats with defective buckles, federal safety officials have ordered Graco to pay at least $10 million in fines and steps to improve child safety. Click here to read more.
December 2, 2014 — Federal safety officials are investigating a 5-year delay in Graco’s recall of 6 million car seats with defective buckles that may get stuck and be impossible to open in an emergency. Click here to read more.
August 1, 2014 — Dorel Juvenile Group, the world’s largest car seat manufacturer, has been hit with a lawsuit (PDF) from a woman who alleges that the “Safety 1st” car seat has defective buckle that caused her child’s death.
July 1, 2014 — Graco has bent under pressure from federal safety authorities and will recall 1.9 million infant car seats with buckles that can get progressively stickier over time and may be impossible to open in an emergency. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.
Recalled Graco infant car seats include:
- SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect
- SnugRide 30, SnugRide Classic Connect 30
- SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect 35
- SnugRide Click Connect 40
- Aprica A30
May 6, 2014 — The New York Times reports that Graco is facing increasing pressure from the NHTSA to recall infant car safety seats that have a buckle the agency says is defective. The NHTSA has ordered a series of tests to see how long a malfunctioning buckle would delay freeing an infant during an emergency. Click here to read more.
April 16, 2014 — On top of a recall involving 6 million car seats manufactured by Graco and Evenflo, Baby Trend is recalling 16,000 of the “TrendZ FastBack” 3-in-1 car seats because defective buckles on the harness can get stuck, making it difficult or impossible to remove a child from the car seat in an emergency. Click here to read more.
List of Car Seat Recalls
You can search for a list of car seat recalls on a website provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The list does not contain recalls that are more than 10 years old.
What is the problem?
Over the last decade, more than 10 million child car seats have been recalled. Many of these recalls involve sub-par materials used in the construction process, defective buckles, poorly-tested car seats, and more.
Tragically, the problems that prompt a car seat recall are often learned the hard way. A serious accident, injury, or death of a child is devastating. If your child was injured, you have a right to seek financial compensation and justice from manufacturers. Our lawyers can help.
Common car seat defects include:
- Weak shell
- Defective handle
- Sticky buckle
- Flammable material
- Base/shell separation
- Defective construction
- Sudden release
- Defective harness
- Unintended rotation
- And more
Graco Car Seat Recall
In March 2014, Graco recalled 4.2 million child car seats because the buckle can get gummed up by food and drinks. In an emergency, it may be difficult or impossible to remove the child from the car seat in the event of a car accident, fire, submersion in water, or medical emergency.
Some parents have had to cut the straps or maneuver their child out of the seat. At least one 2 year-old girl’s death has been blamed on a faulty buckle on the Graco Nautilus car seat.
Recalled Graco car seats include:
- Argos 70
- Argos 70 Elite
- Classic Ride 50
- Comfort Sport
- Ready Ride
- Cozy Cline
- Toddler SafeSeat – Step 2
- My Ride 65
- My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
- My Ride 70
- My Size 70
- Size4Me 70
- Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
- Nautilus 3-in-1
- Nautilus Plus
- Nautilus Elite
- Smart Seat
- Smart Seat with Safety Surround
Evenflo Car Seat Recall
In April 2014, Evenflo recalled 1.3 million child car seats with the same defective buckle as the Graco car seats recalled in March. The recall includes only child car seats. Like Graco, Evenflo has refused to recall rear-facing infant car seats with the same defective buckle because they argue the seats can be detached from the base and removed from the car in an emergency.
Recalled Evenflo car seats include:
- Titan 65
- Snugli All-in-One
- Snugli Booster
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