Graco Harness Buckle Recall

From Graco:

Harness Buckle Recall – 2014 Announcement

As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child. And a car seat is always the safest way to transport your child.

Injuries Reported: 0

Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million

Dates Produced: 2009 through July 2013

MSRP: $99.00-$399.99

Models Affected: Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.

Solution

Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. If you are experiencing difficulty with your harness buckle and cleaning has not improved its performance, please contact our Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or consumerservices@gracobaby.com.

Cleaning Tips for Harness Buckles:

  • To clean your buckle, turn the restraint over and push the retainer through the harness strap slot. Place the buckle in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, pressing the red button several times while it is in the water.
  • Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water.
  • Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry.
  • Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and re-check harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use.

Video Tips:

Cleaning Harness Buckles
Opening Harness Buckles
Replacing Harness Buckles

Download instructions for replacing buckles:

[note title=”For More Information” align=”center”]For more information, please visit Graco Baby’s website: http://www.pages02.net/newellrubbermaid/harness-buckles[/note]

Dream On Me Recalls Infant Swings Due to Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Happy Swing II infant swings

Units: About 560

Importer: Dream On Me Inc., of South Plainfield, N.J.

Hazard: The opening between the tray and seat or the grab bar and seat can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children if the belt is not engaged.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Happy Swing II is a fabric infant swing that comes in red and green with a tray and grab bar attachment. The model/style number included in the recall is “432” which is printed on a label on the frame of the swing. The fabric swing sits on a triangular frame and is battery operated.

Sold at: Juvenile products stores and CSN stores nationwide and online at Wayfair and Amazon.com from October 2010 through September 2012 for between about $80 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled infant swings immediately and contact Dream On Me for a replacement product. Consumers will have a choice between a free replacement swing or a Melody Musical baby walker.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.dreamonme.com