Chicago parents should be concerned if they use Graco car seats for their young children. The company, which creates products for children, is under fire by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to recall close to 2 million defective products.
Graco recently recalled 3.77 million car seats. The seats, made between 2009 and 2013, include models such as Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Argos 70, Comfort Sport, My Ride with Safety Surround, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, Cozy Cline and Smartseat. However, there are still 1.83 million car seats that were not recalled. These models include various Smartseat and Snugride models.
Grace has received complaints about more than 6,000 car seats. The main issue with these seats is that the car seat buckle is difficult to unbuckle. This has resulted in many parents having to pull their child through the harness or even go as far as cutting the harness. Graco's rebuttal is that spilled food and drink from the child is causing the difficulties.
This problem could affect as many as 1 in 1,000 car seats. The issue is so severe that a 2-year-old died in a fire because the child could not be unlatched from the car seat. The toddler's family has filed a lawsuit against Graco.
This is a serious product liability issue that could cost Graco millions of dollars in lawsuits and disgruntled customers. The purpose of a car seat is to keep children safe. When a car seat does the exact opposite, it can cause consumer injury or death. The victims and their families can then sue for compensation.
Source: The Car Connection, "Why Won't Graco Recall 1.83 Million Potentially Defective Car Seats?" Richard Read, Mar. 07, 2014