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Brewster, Massachusetts

Richard J. Koch Jr., Chief of Police

Child Passenger Safety

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Harness Buckle Recall - 2014 Announcement


Harness Buckle Recall - 2014 Announcement

As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child. And a car seat is always the safest way to transport your child.

Injuries Reported: 0

Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million

Dates Produced: 2009 through July 2013

MSRP: $99.00-$399.99

Models Affected: Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.

Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. If you are experiencing difficulty with your harness buckle and cleaning has not improved its performance, please contact our Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or

Cleaning Tips for Harness Buckles:

  • To clean your buckle, turn the restraint over and push the retainer through the harness strap slot.  Place the buckle in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, pressing the red button several times while it is in the water. 
  • Do not submerge the harness webbing and do not use soaps or lubricants, only rinse the harness buckle with warm water.
  • Shake out the excess water and allow the harness buckle to air dry.
  • Reattach the harness buckle into the same slot and re-check harness for correct installation according to the car seat manual before use.

Video Tips:
Cleaning Harness Buckles

Opening Harness Buckles
Replacing Harness Buckles

Download instructions for replacing buckles:
MyRide™ Car Seats
Size4Me™ Car Seats
Nautilus™ Car Seats
Argos™ Car Seats


Graco Children's Products Inc.
Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Car Seats
With the Signature and QT Buckles

The car seats included are:

Comfort Sport My Size 70 Nautilus 3-in-1
Classic Ride 50 Head Wise 70 Nautilus Elite
My Ride 65 Smart Seat Argos 70
My Ride 70 Size4Me 70 Cozi Cline
My Ride 65 with Safety Surround  

DEFECT: If a harness buckle becomes difficult to open or stuck in the latched position, a caregiver could be delayed from removing a child from a car seat in the event of an emergency.

These car seats were manufactured between 2009 and July 2013. Seats manufactured after July 2013 (and after September 2013 for Smart Seat) use a different harness buckle. The recall does not affect Graco infant car seats and Travel Systems.

The following buckles are affected

Signature Buckles QT Buckles

Contact Graco to receive a free repair kit at 1-(800) 345-4109 or visit

In addition, consumers can clean the buckle to restore functionality while waiting for the replacement buckle to arrive.

See page 2 for the Convertible and Harnessed Booster car seat models sold at Babies R Us between 2009 and July 2013 that are affected by the recall.


Current Child Seat Belt Law - Massachusetts

Safe Kids USA Endorses American Academy of Pediatrics Child Passenger Safety Recommendations

·         Best practice recommendation #1 states, “All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat (CSS) until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.”

·         Best practice recommendation #2 states, “All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their CSS, should use a forward-facing CSS with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.”

·         Best practice recommendation #3 states, “All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their CSS should use a belt-positioning-booster until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.”

·         Best practice recommendation #4 states, “When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.”

·         Best practice recommendation #5 states, “All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.”

Car Seat Recommendations for Children Chart - click here


Some Helpful Links

Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau
Child Seat Recall List
C & I's Child Passenger Passenger Safety Program
Cape & Islands EDDY
National Safe Kids Campaign
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Child Safety Board
Safe Ride News
M.G.L. - Chapter 90, Section 7AA
Safe Kids Certification


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