Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped, but is refusing to recall seven other infant seat models, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice.
In the seats being recalled, the buckles may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat. That increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required.
“NHTSA’s investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency’s consideration of the review of the seven remaining seat models is completed,” the agency said in a statement.
That means the agency and company will continue to negotiate on whether a recall is warranted for the SnugRide infant seats. NHTSA threatened civil penalties and told the company to remove statements that underplayed the seriousness from public documents.
In an e-mailed statement, Graco said it “identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position.”