Chattanooga Families React to Graco Recall

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Updated: 7/02 6:37 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) -  Little John always rides in a car seat, and for good reason.

It keeps him safe in case his family is involved in an accident.

Krista Work, John's mother, says, "Yes, seconds count, so we need to be careful."

Since seconds do count, it's important Krista Work can get John out of his seat if need be.

That's why this latest Graco recall concerns just about every mother.

Rrebekah Kidwell, another parent, adds, "We just switched our daughter into it right after the release came out."

The buckles on the infant seats made between July 2010 and May 2013 are faulty.

Meaning some are hard to get open or in some cases just don't open at all.

Work says, "And that really scares me as a mom, so I'm glad they're paying attention to things like recalling the car seats, especially for the buckle."

This recall adds to the already 4 million toddler seats they recalled earlier this year for the same problem.

That means this is the largest seat recall in American history.

However, these mothers say it makes them feel a little better knowing Graco will replace the buckle free of charge.

There have been no reports of any injures due to the faulty buckle.

Graco released a statement.

It reads in part, "Graco encourages consumers to order a buckle replacement kit and install the new buckle as soon as it arrives. While waiting for replacement kits, parents and caregivers should always continue to use an appropriate car seat. If no alternative is available, the affected car seats may be safely used until replacement buckles are available. Consumers can verify if their infant car seat is affected by this recall and order a replacement kit by entering the model name and date of manufacture on GracoBuckleRecall.com or calling (877) 766-7470. This information can be found on the white label located on the bottom of the infant car seat carrier. Graco will provide a free replacement buckle to any consumer who has an infant car seat not included in this recall, but would like to update their buckle to Graco’s current buckle design.
We'll also give you instruction on what to do *if* you have a defective seat."
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