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Graco SnugRide Infant Seat Recall Issued Over Choking Hazard

Nov 20, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP Graco is recalling SnugRide Infant Seats because they may pose a choking hazard to small children.  The Graco SnugRide Infant Seat recall includes standalone SnugRide seats manufactured between Aug. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. They were sold at mass merchandisers, specialty retail stores and department stores from August 2006 until last week.  The Graco SnugRide Infant Seat Recall includes more than 300,000 defective car seats.

According to Graco, the backing of the seat pad included with the SnugRide Infant Seats may pull away from the seams, exposing the pad filling that could pose a potential choking hazard.  Despite the potential choking hazard, Graco maintains that the SnugRide seats are still effective child restraint devices.

Model numbers included in the Graco SnugRide Infant Seat recall include:  8609FOF2, 8609FOF3, 8616FOF2, 8616FOF3, 8643DDH2, 8643DDH3, 8643CDR2, 8643DH03, 8643SUP2, 8643SUP3, 8643JOS2, 8643JOS3, 8643MDW3, 8643PWC3, 8643SFJ3, 8645FMT2, 8645FMT3, 8645GLM3, 8645GLN3, 8645HEM2, 8645HEM3, 8645MYC2, 8646SML3, 8645MYC3, 8645MRG3, 8645PKR2, 8645SNY2, 8646SND2, 8645THR2, 8645THR3, 8646FIE2, 8646FIE3, 8646GRT3 and 8646RRY3.  The model number and date of manufacture can be found on the label on the back of the car seats. Graco said the recall doesn't include any SnugRide models made before August 2006, as these products have a different design, and doesn't affect SnugRide models sold as a travel system.

Graco says consumers should not return the SnugRide Infant Seats to retailers.  Rather, they should contact the company by calling 1-800-345-4109 Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm EST or visit to determine whether their car seat may be affected and to obtain instructions on how to receive a replacement cover.

In August, Graco recalled more than 276,000 ComfortSport 5-point convertible harness car seats because an anchorage belt could be misrouted during assembly of the seat.  Graco said that the misrouting of the anchor belt allows the ComfortSport to angle back more than 70 degrees in a frontal crash, increasing the risk of injury. As with the SnugRide recall, Graco also provided consumers with a repair kit for the defective ComfortSport.

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