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Government warns parents about recalled car seats

Many parents thoroughly research the products they use for their children. From cribs to carriers, there are various ways people in Nashville can review the safety of items they care considering for purchase. If there is a manufacturing or design defect to the product, it can literally mean a life or death situation. Such an issue has sparked one manufacturer to recall millions of car seats.

Over a four-year period, 3.7 million Graco toddler car seats that were convertible were produced with a harness buckle that could malfunction. The red release button that controls the harness could be difficult to unlatch and could even become stuck, which could be extremely dangerous in the event of an emergency. Graco noted that when food or liquid enter the buckles, they become increasingly difficult to release.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that the manufacturer has voluntarily issued a product recall on 11 of 18 models, and the agency plans to review the seven remaining models during its investigation. The company is providing a replacement buckle to parents who have the recalled versions.

While Graco says that the car seat still serves its function to restrain a child, NHTSA encourages parents to find a new car seat or fix their current one. Should an emergency happen and a parent is unable to remove a child from the seat due to the faulty buckle, the company may be held responsible. Victims can bring a negligent manufacturer to justice with the help of an attorney who can file a product liability claim.

Source: Fox13, “3.7 million Graco car seats recalled due to buckle issue,” Greg Botelho and Mike Ahlers, Feb. 11, 2014

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