Recall affects 25,000 car seats
Graco, one of the most popular car seat manufacturers, has recalled more than 25,000 car seats that might not adequately restrain children during a crash, but a fix won't be available until July.
Graco and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday that the webbing in the Graco My Ride 65 car seat failed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. According to the announcement, children who are not appropriately restrained are at an increased risk of injury during a crash due to a faulty harness restraint.
"In the event of a serious motor vehicle crash, the harness webbing restraining the child may break resulting in a child not being properly restrained," the agency noted.
The 25,494 Graco My Ride 65 seats recalled were produced between May and August 2014. The eight affected model numbers are 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015 and 1794334. Units with a webbing code tag of 2014/06 are affected. Estimated sales price of the seats ranges from $119 to $199.
Graco is notifying consumers who may be impacted and is providing, free of charge, replacement kits with new harness restraints and installation instructions starting July 17. While waiting for a replacement kit, consumers may continue to use the My Ride 65 convertible car seats, their announcement notes.
If your model meets the recall requirement, owners can go to www.gracobaby.com to order a free replacement kit or contact Graco consumer services at 1-800-345-4109.
For additional information on this recall and others consumers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.