Earlier this week, a recall of car seats from Graco caught the eye of the media due to the immense size of the announcement. The recall pertains to nearly 3.8 million seats of various models, all of which could possibly suffer from an issue that prevents the proper unbuckling of the child from the seat. This could prove quite hazardous on the heels of a crash or some other emergency situation, as any delay in extrication could cause further harm.
Now, Consumer Reports has come out with a resource geared toward those things that parents need to keep in mind when it comes to this recall. Understanding these details can go a long way toward ensuring your children will be protected.
First, there is some dispute over whether or not the current recall is sufficient. Graco has so far only decided to recall toddler and booster seats, leaving infant seats to remain unaffected. Consumer Reports takes issue with this, noting that even the infant seats could suffer the latch issue that prompted the recall. Because a crash could cause problems with the base holding the seat in place, Graco’s offered solution to remove the entire seat is alleged to be insufficient because the seat may not detach.
This also may not be the end of the story. The article notes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s continued inquiry into other seat models that could sustain the same issue.
For more details, including how to get around the problem, click the link above.