DETROIT (July 1, 2014) Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, agreeing to government demands in what is now the largest seat recall in American history after a five-month spat between the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Earlier this year the company recalled 4.2 million toddler seats for a harness buckle problem, but resisted the agency's demand to recall the infant seats.
Buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, making it difficult to remove children.
In some cases parents had to cut harnesses to get their children out of the seats, which the agency says increases the risk of injuries in emergencies.
Graco argued that infant seats are used differently, and in an emergency, an adult can remove the whole seat rather than using the buckle.