Texas Graco Car Seat Lawyer

Texas Graco Car Seat Lawyer

Graco is facing a consumer class action and a wrongful death lawsuit involving defective car seats with buckles that won’t un-latch in an emergency. Graco says the buckles get progressively stickier due to food or beverages. Lawyers and government safety officials allege that Graco should have known that car seats get dirty, and the buckles are defectively designed.

Need a Texas Graco Car Seat Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If your child or a loved one was injured by a recalled Graco Car Seat with a defective buckle, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.

UPDATE: Graco Fined $10 Million for Delaying Car Seat Recall

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.

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

Click here for a complete list of recalled car seats.

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.

March 13, 2014 — Last month’s Graco car seat recall of 3.8 million child car seats has been expanded to include 403,222 toddler and booster seats (model years 2006-2014), bringing the total to 4.2 million car seats. However, Graco is not complying with U.S. government safety officials who want another 1.8 million infant car seats recalled because they have the same buckle. Click here to read more.

Car seats added to the recall (model years 2006-2014):

  • Argos 70 Elite
  • Ready Ride
  • Step 2
  • My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
  • My Size 70
  • Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
  • Nautilus 3-in-1
  • Nautilus Plus
  • Smart Seat with Safety Surround

Graco Car Seat Recall

Graco Children’s Products, one of the largest manufacturers of child car safety seats, has recalled 3.8 million child car seats and may recall an additional 1.8 million infant car seats with the same buckle. According to the recall announcement:

“Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.”

The defective buckle may make it impossible to remove a child from a car seat to avoid injury or death in a car accident, vehicle fire, submersion in water, or if the child is suffering a medical emergency.

Lawsuit Settled by Family of 2-Year-old Who Died in Graco Car Seat

Graco confidentially settled a lawsuit brought by the family of a 2 year-old girl who died in a car accident. The child’s mother stopped her vehicle on the side of the highway to fix a flat tire and was rear-ended by a 1999 GMC Yukon SUV. When the vehicles burst into flames, the child’s mother and bystanders were unable to remove her from a Graco Nautilus car seat. Graco denies that the Nautilus was responsible for the child’s death.

Graco Car Seat Class Action Lawsuit Filed in California

Nationwide consumers who purchased a Graco car seat with a defective buckle may be able to join a Graco car seat class action lawsuit in California. According to the complaint, numerous people have reported that they had to struggle excessively to unlatch the buckle, cut the straps, maneuver their child out of the seat while the harness was still buckled, or stop using the car seat. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that reasonable consumers expect that a car seat will get dirty over time, and manufacturers were negligent for failing to design the buckle safely.

3.8 Million Graco Car Seats Recalled for Buckle Problem

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats because the buckles can get stuck, trapping children in the seats, and increasing the risk of injury or death in the even of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency. The recall covers 11 models that were sold from 2009 through 2013

Recalled Graco car seats include:

  • Cozy Cline
  • Comfort Sport
  • Classic Ride 50
  • Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
  • My Ride 65, 70
  • My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
  • My Size 70
  • Ready Ride
  • Size4Me 70
  • Smart Seat
  • Smart Seat with Safety Surround
  • Toddler Convertible Car Seats

Harnessed booster seats:

  • Nautilus 3-in-1
  • Nautilus Elite
  • Nautilus Plus
  • Argos 70, Elite

U.S. Authorities Demand Recall of 1.8 Million Infant Seats

Federal safety officials with the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) are demanding that Graco recall 1.77 million infant car seats in addition to the 3.8 million child car seats. According to the letter:

“Some of these consumers have had no choice but to resort to the extreme measure of cutting the harness straps to remove their child from the car seat.”

However, Graco says that the infant car seats are safe, even though they have the exact same buckle as the recalled child car seats. In an emergency, the infant seats can be un-buckled at the base, which is attached to the vehicle. The NHTSA disagrees, saying that the recall is “incomplete and misleading to both the agency and consumers.” Click here to read more.

Infant car seats that U.S. officials want recalled:

  • Snugride
  • Snugride 30
  • Snugride 32
  • Infant Safe Seat-Step 1
  • Snugride 35
  • Tuetonia 35
  • Snugride Click Connect 40

What Should I Do?

Graco is also offering new and improved harness buckles for free. Customers who have registered their car seat will receive a letter with instructions on how to order a repair kit. Customers who have not registered can call Graco customer service at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit www.gracobaby.com.

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Need a Graco Car Seat Lawyer in Texas?

Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.

Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”

The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas Graco car seat lawyers for a free lawsuit review.

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