Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seats included in the recall addition are: Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. The seats are from model years 2006-2014.
These safety seats are being recalled because buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, making it difficult to remove children. In some cases parents have had to cut harnesses to get their children out. NHTSA says the problem increases the injury risk in emergencies.
The addition of these seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog. NHTSA still wants Graco to add 1.8 million infant seats to the recall because they have the same buckles.
Graco responded to the NHTSA in a letter saying they still believe the infant seats should be excluded from the recall.
The company is offering to replace the buckle with a new design, free of charge. Notification for registered owners should begin next month. All other owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.