Attention parents: Graco Children’s Products announced a recall of more than 25,000 of its car seats due to potentially faulty harness webbing.
According to CBS Detroit, the harness could break in the event of a crash and fail to keep children restrained. The recall affects some My Ride 65 convertible seats, which were manufactured on July 22, 2014, with the code 2014/06 on a tag located on the webbing.
Graco said on its website that it will be contacting consumers who may be impacted by the recall and is providing free replacement kits with new harnesses and installation directions. However, parents are given the green light to continue using the recalled seats while waiting for a replacement kit.
Although manufacturing errors are not uncommon, selecting the proper car seat is a very critical task. Parents have to make sure they’re choosing a seat that they will be able to properly install and use. According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, as many as 80 to 90 percent of car seats are used incorrectly.
Today’s Parent reports that the correct use of car and booster seats can reduce the risk of death by up to 71 percent and the risk of serious injury by up to 67 percent in the event of a crash.
Some of the most common mistakes parents make in securing their seats include:
- installing them too loosely
- poorly positioning the straps
- sitting the seat at the wrong recline angle
- using the wrong seat for your child’s age and height
It is highly recommended, for all parents, to have car seats checked out by a certified child passenger safety technician. But, because we know not everyone will do so, we’ve compiled a list of three of the best car seats of the year based on data collected from SafeWise Buyer’s Guide, Baby Gear Lab, and Baby List.
1. Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Seat: Has excellent crash test results, is easy to install, and features a built-in level that tells you if the base is positioned correctly. Additionally, it is compatible with the largest range of strollers. (retails for approx. $199)
2. Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat: Has rear and front-facing capabilities, nearly foolproof installation, is easy to clean, and has outstanding crash test results. (retails for approx. $289)
3. Graco SmartSeat All-In-One Car Seat: Converts from rear-facing to front-facing as the child grows, reclines, and increases safety with impact protection in the event of a collision. (retails for approx. $299)
While the aforementioned seats may be a bit pricier than other options on the market, making a slight dent in your wallet is a small price to pay for your child’s protection. After all, the old saying may just be true: You get what you pay for.