Graco, a nation-wide name in children’s car seats, is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because potentially inadequate restraint systems may increase the risk of injury for children The Graco recall, announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, noted that the webbing in the Graco “My Ride 65” car seats failed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and that such failure could cause an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
25,494 Graco My Ride 65 seats have been recalled in total, produced between May and August 2014, and include model numbers: 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015 and 1794334. Owners can also identify recalled seats by their webbing code tags of 2014/06.
“In the event of a serious motor vehicle crash, the harness webbing restraining the child may break resulting in a child not being properly restrained,” the agency noted.
If your car seat is subject to the recall, you can go to www.gracobaby.com/myride-harness-recall/ to order a free replacement kit, or call the customer services line at Graco, at 1-800-345-4109. Graco notes that consumers can continue to use their My Ride 65 car seats while waiting for a replacement kit.
For additional information on this recall and others consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.
As a product liability and child safety attorney, I am heartened by the fact that NHTSA has been diligent and found a potential for child injury and issued a recall. I wonder, though, how a nationally famous manufacturer of child seats can possibly make a product where the webbing or the seat belt part of the seat is defective and potentially dangerous to children in the event of a crash? This recall underlines both the importance of NHTSA and also the civil justice system. Without civil attorneys who are willing to take on big corporations when those corporations needlessly endanger our families, the safety of our families is always at risk.
Claude A. Wyle is a partner of Choulos Choulos, and Wyle, a San Francisco based law firm dedicated to representing clients who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations, public entities, and businesses. Mr. Wyle also frequently sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the city and county of San Francisco.