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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]

Newborn Safety

Newborn Car Safety Restraint

When your child leaves the hospital, his or her first ride must be a safe ride in a car seat. The car seat must be set in the rear facing position. A rear facing car seat must not be in a seat where the air bag may deploy.

By the time a child is one year old, weighs 20 pounds and is sitting well unsupported, the car seat may be faced forward.

According to the Arkansas Child Passenger Protection Act, which was approved February 28, 2001, a child should remain restrained in a child passenger safety seat until the child is approximately 60 pounds or about six years of age, then a safety belt is sufficient to meet the requirements of the law.

A rear facing car seat must not be in a seat where the air bag may deploy. This is very dangerous.

Crib Safety

Crib side rails should always be kept up when the infant is unattended. Crib bumpers are recommended. The distance between crib slats should be less than 2-3/8 inches. You should avoid toys and mobiles with long strings, cradle gyms that are not securely suspended and small objects in the crib. Do not place crib near a window with blinds.

Newborn Accident Prevention

  • Never leave your infant alone with young siblings or pets.
  • Your water heater thermostat should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. This is a little below the normal setting.
  • Never leave your infant alone on a bed or other surface from which he/she may roll off.
  • Never leave your infant alone in a house or in a car unattended.
  • Do not shake or jiggle your baby’s head vigorously.
  • Infant jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings or other types of jewelry are not recommended.
  • Do not drink hot liquids or smoke cigarettes while holding your child because you could burn your child.
  • Do not use an infant feeder to feed your child baby food or semi-solid food because of the risk of choking and aspiration of food into the trachea.
  • All infants should sleep on their back or side to lessen the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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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]

Newborn Safety

Newborn Car Safety Restraint

When your child leaves the hospital, his or her first ride must be a safe ride in a car seat. The car seat must be set in the rear facing position. A rear facing car seat must not be in a seat where the air bag may deploy.

By the time a child is one year old, weighs 20 pounds and is sitting well unsupported, the car seat may be faced forward.

According to the Arkansas Child Passenger Protection Act, which was approved February 28, 2001, a child should remain restrained in a child passenger safety seat until the child is approximately 60 pounds or about six years of age, then a safety belt is sufficient to meet the requirements of the law.

A rear facing car seat must not be in a seat where the air bag may deploy. This is very dangerous.

Crib Safety

Crib side rails should always be kept up when the infant is unattended. Crib bumpers are recommended. The distance between crib slats should be less than 2-3/8 inches. You should avoid toys and mobiles with long strings, cradle gyms that are not securely suspended and small objects in the crib. Do not place crib near a window with blinds.

Newborn Accident Prevention

  • Never leave your infant alone with young siblings or pets.
  • Your water heater thermostat should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. This is a little below the normal setting.
  • Never leave your infant alone on a bed or other surface from which he/she may roll off.
  • Never leave your infant alone in a house or in a car unattended.
  • Do not shake or jiggle your baby’s head vigorously.
  • Infant jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings or other types of jewelry are not recommended.
  • Do not drink hot liquids or smoke cigarettes while holding your child because you could burn your child.
  • Do not use an infant feeder to feed your child baby food or semi-solid food because of the risk of choking and aspiration of food into the trachea.
  • All infants should sleep on their back or side to lessen the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).