A car seat is about as essential for a parent as a stroller, probably even more so. Unless you want to keep your son or daughter at home every time you leave the house, a working car seat is needed.
Recently, the car seat manufacturer Graco has recalled over 25,000 car seats! The seats failed multiple crash tests, one in March 2016 and another earlier this year. With two different failed tests, you do not want to take the risk on your child.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, models of My Ride 65 convertible child restraints on these car seats had failed federal motor vehicle safety standards. The actual webbing in the car seat was shown to tear during a crash, causing a serious safety hazard to any child in the seat.
Although the company was informed of the first failed test on March 29, 2016, the recall was not issued until earlier this year after another failed safety test. Although it is a precautionary recall, make sure to check your car seat and be sure it was not one of the defective products.
The recalled seats were made in July of 2014, with the model numbers being: 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. The tag on the webbing will also have the code 2014/06.
If you find that you are using one of these products, contact Graco and you may want to consider completely getting rid of the car seat. Call their customer service at 1-800-345-4109.
According to the NHTSA, Graco is producing a free webbing repair kit for parents with the recalled product. Car seat dealers and car seat owners of the defective products are going to be contacted by Graco this summer about the steps being taken and possible compensation.
Check your child’s car seat, because safety can never be over tested.