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March 17, 2003

Graco Has Recalled Snugride Infant Car Seats

(SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.


Make : GRACO Model : SNUGRIDE Build Dates : MAR 01, 2002 - MAR 06, 2003

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03C003000

Component: CHILD SEAT:BASE (INFANT)

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 630000

Summary:
SNUGRIDE INFANT CAR SEATS, MODEL NUMBERS 8402, 8412, 8442, 8442L, 8443, 8443L, 8444, 8444L, 8446, 8446L, 8447, 8447L, 8448, 8448L, 8457, 8458, 8459, 8601, 8463, 8464, 8470, 8471, 8478 AND C844342, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MARCH 1, 2002, AND MARCH 6, 2003. SOME OF THE SEATSMAY HAVE MISSING HARDWARE THAT IS TO ATTACH THE CARRIER TO THE BASE. IF THE HARDWARE IS MISSING, THE CARRIER MAY NOT BE SECURELY ATTACHED TO THE BASE.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A SUDDEN STOP OR VEHICLE CRASH, THE CARRIER MAY DETACH FROM THE BASE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Remedy:
GRACO WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS, PROVIDE INSPECTION INSTRUCTIONS, AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO RETURN YOUR CAR SEAT TO GRACO IF THE BASE IS MISSING THE HOOKS OR PINS. GRACO WILL REPLACE THE BASE FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2003. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT GRACO AT 866-473-0163.

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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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