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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Graco Recall {the info you need}

Hi friends,

As a long time supporter of Graco, and a member of Graco Nation, I wanted to be sure you know about the latest Graco recall.

Graco is recalling harness buckles on approximately 1.9 million infant car seats. The issue with the buckle is that consumers have been reporting that the buckle is difficult or unable to open. Please read the following information to see if your seat is on the list and let them send you a new buckle. :)

{This info was emailed right to me by a Graco representative}
Models Affected by the Recall: 
The harness buckles used on the following models of infant car seats are included in this recall:
• Infant car seats: SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide 30, SnugRide Classic Connect 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Classic Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30.
For specific dates of manufacture, visit
Buckle Replacement Details:
• Graco has and will continue to offer replacement harness buckles to concerned consumers at no cost. While many harness buckles look alike, consumers can verify which buckle they have by entering the model name and date of manufacture on This information can be found on the white label located on the bottom of the infant car seat carrier.
• Additionally, Graco will continue to offer a free replacement buckle to any consumer who has an infant car seat not included in this recall, but would like to update their buckle to Graco’s current buckle design.
• For additional questions, consumers may contact our customer service team at 877-766-7470 (Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)
• Those seeking replacement buckles will receive replacement kits in Summer 2014. While waiting for replacement buckles, Graco car seats equipped with affected buckles are safe to use. If your buckle becomes sticky, we recommend cleaning it by following the instructions available on as this will make it much easier to use.
Background on the New and Improved Buckle:
As early as January 2013, Graco began equipping our infant car seats with a new and improved buckle. While some of the buckles look the same, the updated buckle has been re-engineered and has an improved design, which makes it easier to use. This recall impacts only the older model of this buckle, used in car seats manufactured prior to May, 2013. 

Graco’s Commitment to Safety
Graco has met or exceeded every safety standard set forth by the federal government through its 60-year commitment to rigorous engineering and demanding crash testing protocols. Each Graco car seat must withstand a critical crash test -- hundreds of times -- simulating a vehicle hitting a brick wall at 35 mph, which is double the force required by the government. Graco has conducted side impact testing on our car seats for nearly a decade before NHTSA proposed such a standard. Graco is also the only manufacturer to crash test our car seats under extreme temperatures – from 0 to 140 degrees F -- to ensure the materials maintain their integrity in even the most demanding conditions. Importantly, Graco car seats undergo an additional battery of tests by independent safety experts at the same lab contracted by NHTSA to set the safety standards for the entire industry.
In designing each element of the car seat, the primary focus of our engineers is infant and toddler safety. The harness buckle -- a critical part of the car seat -- is opened and closed more than 15,000 times, the equivalent of 50 years of use, to ensure it meets our industry-leading safety qualifications. We also pull the harness buckles to withstand a force of over one ton, which is three times more than what is applied during a typical high-speed crash test. While there continues to be no reported injuries or fatalities related to our harness buckles, we have continued to upgrade buckle design as part of our ongoing product evaluation and improvement process.
We assembled a team of independent experts to review our testing protocol and car seat engineering practices to provide an objective perspective. These individuals included: Chris Sherwood, former Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) leadership and biomechanics researcher; Arthur W. Hoffmann, Ed.D., registered professional engineer of child passenger restraints and automotive safety expert; and, Alison Jacobson, child safety expert. All of these experts concluded independently and collectively that our car seats are meticulously engineered and safe.



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