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Across January, February and July of this year, after much pressure from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Association (NHTSA), Graco agreed to recall over 6.1 million car seats. Because Graco did not report the safety issues after numerous complaints, NHTSA has opened an investigation to determine whether Graco intentionally delayed the recall of the car seats for buckles that could stick and interfere with extracting children from cars in emergency situations. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated “The department is committed to ensuring that parents have peace of mind knowing that the car seat in which they are placing their child and their trust is safe and reliable … any delays by a manufacturer in meeting their obligations to report safety issues with the urgency they deserve, especially those that impact the well-being of our children, erodes that trust and is absolutely unacceptable.”

Graco could be fined up to $35 million if it is determined that they delayed reporting the defect in the car seats.

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