Graco has announced a voluntary recall affecting toddler and booster seats for model years 2009 – 2013. Infant seats are not affected. The recall covers 11 car seat models (listed below), which encompasses 3.7 million units.
At issue is the red release button on the harness, which becomes stuck from food and dried liquids. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received at least 80 complaints about the seats from parents who sometimes had to resort to cutting children out of the seats. No injuries have yet been reported from the harnesses being stuck, but the NHTSA warns it could be a safety hazard in the case of fire or other emergency.