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Graco recalls millions of car seats due to safety issues

The belt buckle gets stuck and can make it difficult to remove a child during an emergency

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- One of America’s biggest baby car seat makers is recalling millions of its products because of safety concerns.

“Motor vehicle injuries is one of the number one injuries to children," said Kimberly Hess, the executive director of the Center of Childhood Safety in Green Bay.

Graco is recalling eleven of its eighteen car seat models manufactured between 2009 and 2013 because the belt-buckle gets stuck. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that the problem could make it difficult to get a child out of their seat during an emergency and that has many mothers concerned.

Katie Gyette, a mother of a 3-year-old says, “We just ended up switching car seats.”

Katie said her family has always used Graco car seats and has never had a problem.

“It was a little shocking because I’ve had Graco since she was born," she said.

No one has been hurt but the company said when food gets caught in the buckle, it can stick.

More than 3.5 million car seats are being recalled and at major retailers they’re taking every precaution to inform customers to call Graco directly.

Ashwaubenon Shopko Store Manager, Dale Adams, said “They’ll send you out a replacement part and it will take just a minute or so to install and the advantage of doing that is you won’t be without your car seat for the few minutes it takes to fix the repair.”

To keep up to date with product recalls, store officials recommend registering your product either online or through the mail.

And when it comes to any car seat—make sure your child is properly strapped in.

“I recommend tugging on them so they’re not going to come unbuckled because most chances is that’s what going to happen is they might come unsnapped so you want to make sure they’re secure," said Hess.

If you are one of the consumers affected call the Graco Hotline at 1-800 345-4109

For more information click here: http://www.gracobaby.com/safetyandrecall/pages/safetyandrecallarticle.aspx?recallid=21

For a free car seat inspection you can call the Center of Childhood Protection and make an appointment.

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