Graco Recalls More Than 25,000 Car Seats with Harness Defect

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Graco Children’s Products Inc. is recalling more than 25,000 car seats that might not adequately restrain a child during a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on May 23, 2017 that Graco Children’s Products Inc. is recalling My Ride 65 convertible child restraints, models 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. The child seat webbing harness may not adequately restrain the child in the event of a crash. Because of this problem, the recalled car seats fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”

NHTSA explains that if a child is not adequately restrained in a crash there is increased risk that the child could be seriously injured.

Parker Waichman has advised many families about safety issues with car seats and other child equipment and can answer questions about a possible lawsuit against the manufacturer of defective equipment.

Recall Remedy

The 25,494 recalled My Ride 65 seats were produced between May and August 2014. Model numbers include 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015 and 1794334. Units with a webbing code tag of 2014/06 are affected.

Graco will notify owners and dealers of the recall and will provide consumers with a replacement harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2017. Owners of My Ride 65 seats may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109 or NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Car Seat Safety

At safercar.gov, NHTSA provides parents with important information about car seats. The website explains how to choose a seat appropriate for the child’s age, weight, and size. NHTSA offers detailed instructions for proper installation of different types of seats, rear facing, front facing, and booster seats for older children. NHTSA has comparisons of different car seat makes and models, along with evaluations of safety features and ease of use.

The federal Department of Transportation urges parents to register any car seat they purchase or acquire with the manufacturer so they will receive timely notification of any recalls for the car seats they own. And the agency reminds parents that it is of utmost importance to follow up promptly on any car seat recall notification they receive.

Acquiring a used car seat—from a friend or relative or at a yard sale—can be risky. Older seats may not comply with current safety standards and the previous owner may not have complied with any safety recalls for the seat. NHTSA maintains a list of car seat recalls for the last ten years. Before using the a used car seat, parents should check the NHTSA list to see if the seat has been recalled and make certain that any problem has been corrected.

SafetyBeltSafe, a national non-profit organization concerned with child passenger safety, cautions parents to carefully check any used car seat they acquire for missing parts and for damage such as frayed straps, cracks in the plastic, and stiff buckles. If the seat’s instruction booklet is not included, parents should order a copy from the manufacturer.

Many states have car seat inspection programs run by state or local police, fire departments, medical centers, or organizations like the American Legion. Many car dealers will help parents make sure they know how to properly install the car seat in their particular vehicle. If the seat is moved from vehicle to vehicle, each time the seat is moved, the parents should make sure the seat is securely installed. If the seat is part of a combination stroller/car seat system, parents should make sure the seat is properly fastened to the stroller base. Otherwise, the seat, with the child in it, can be thrown from the stroller.

Legal Help for a Child Injured by a Defective Car Seat

If your child or a child you know has been injured in a crash where a car seat did not provide proper protection, you may have important legal rights. Contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. To reach the firm, fill out the online contact form and you will be contacted at a time convenient for you. Or you can call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).