NHTSA: Graco’s recall of 3.8M seats too little


DETROIT — Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car-safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But federal safety regulators say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats for infants.

The recall covers 11 models made from 2009 through 2013 by Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Graco in a stern letter dated Tuesday that the recall excludes seven car-seat models with the same buckles.

Graco said its tests found that food or beverages can make the seats’ harness buckles sticky and harder to use. But, it said, infants don’t get food or drinks on their seats. A spokesman said Graco will send replacement buckles upon request.