As we’ve done several times this year, we want to inform our Louisville and Southern Indiana community about important safety recalls. We just learned of another one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a Graco car seat recall.
Graco is one of the most popular brands of child seats and other baby products. There’s a good chance you or someone in your family owns Graco products. The company recently discovered faulty webbing in some of the safety harnesses.
According a Wave 3 report, “Only units manufactured on 7/22/2014 and that have a webbing code 2014/06 on a tag on the harness webbing are affected.”
The recall affects certain My Ride 65 convertible seats with model numbers: 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334.
Owners of the affected car seats may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109.
A USA Today story indicates that, “Graco Children’s Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.”
Our firm has handled many car wrecks involving children. Some of those accidents have had tragic results. It’s extremely important that you and your passengers always wear seat belts, while driving.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Deaths of children younger than 13 in motor vehicle crashes have declined since 1975, but crashes still cause 1 of every 4 unintentional injury deaths. 1 Most crash deaths occur among children traveling as passenger vehicle occupants, and proper restraint use can reduce these fatalities. Restraining children in rear seats instead of front seats reduces fatal injury risk by about three-quarters for children up to age 3, and almost half for children ages 4 to 8. 2”
A car seat provides important protection for younger passengers. We’re glad to hear the problem is limited to seats that were manufactured on only 1 day of production. That should limit the potential for wide-spread injuries.
You Can Help!
As Louisville personal injury attorneys, we know how serious automobile accidents can be. Let’s do our best to spread the word about this car seat recall on Facebook and other social media outlets.
It’s quite possible that someone in your family, a neighbor, or someone you know at work has small children. If they do, they may have a defective Graco car seat in their vehicle. I hope you’ll do your part, by joining us, in helping to keep our community safe.