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3.7 Million Car Seats Recalled


SALISBURY, Md.- Millions of car seats with harness buckles have been recalled after complaints about children getting stuck in them.

Graco, one of the country's largest car seat makers, recalled 11 of 18 models manufactured between 2009 and 2013. The company received several complaints about the harness buckle sticking in the lock position.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns the problem could put children at risk during an emergency.

Trish Pobst has a booster seat and two harnessed car seats; one of them is a Graco brand and has been recalled. Pobst says she has not had any problems with it, so she is keeping it.

"They're expensive car seats," Pobst said. " I'm not buying another one. I like it."

Stephanie Woodhouse is relieved that her Graco car seat was not recalled.

"Mine isn't actually on the recall list," Woodhouse said. "I bought mine in 2014, so my parts are okay."

Nicole Kressin does not own one of the company's car seats because she noticed the issue with the harness buckles before she purchased a different.

"When I was checking our car seats for my baby, one of the things you do in stores is test them out, and I did notice that on those car seats, the buckle was extremely hard to push," Kressin said. " When you're putting your child in a car seat, you're not going to want to deal with a buckle that takes two hands to operate."

In a statement, Graco said, " foods and dried liquids can make harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time."

The company said the seats are otherwise safe.

"Kids are messy," said Pobst, laughing. " It's going to happen."

Federal officials are pushing Graco to recall an additional two-million rear-facing infant car seats that have the same buckles.

Kressin thinks parents should consider replacing any seat with defects.

"You try not to look at the price because you can't put a price on your child's safety."

Graco is offering free new and improved harness buckles to consumers who were affected.

Click here to find out what models have been recalled.

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