August 13, 2003
NHTSA Advises Parents of Safety Recall Involving Graco’s SnugRide Infant
- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) today advised consumers that Graco Children’s
Products is expanding a safety recall originally announced on March 12, 2003
to include 53,926 additional SnugRide infant child restraints.
The initial recall covered SnugRide infant child restraints built between
March 1, 2002, and March 6, 2003, Model Nos. 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, for missing hooks and pins
used to attach the infant carrier to the base of the restraint.
The additional SnugRide infant car seats, which have a manufacturer date of
March 7 or 8, 2003, may also be missing the hooks and pins. If the hardware
is missing, the carrier may not be securely attached to the base. In the
event of a sudden stop or vehicle crash, the carrier could detach from the
base, possibly resulting in serious injury or death to the occupant of the
The model numbers for the additional seats are: 8402L03, 840301, 840302,
840303, 8442GMP, 8442LBLW, 8442LCYP, 8442LMAD, 8444LHAB, 8444LHIG, 8446LFKB,
8446LVIN, 8447LHAV, 8448LSAR, 8463AMB, 8463GMP, 8463JUN, 8463YL, 8464MAC,
8464MEL, 8602AMB, 8602JUN, 8602MAN, 8603MIC, 8603MLL, 8605HIG, 8605KER,
8605PLT, 8607LAG, 8607NGS, 8608DIA, and 8609FOF.
NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D., strongly urges parents to
inspect their SnugRide infant car seats. Instructions for inspection can be
obtained from NHTSA [www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/ChildSeats/SNUGEXT_INSP.pdf] and
at Graco’s web site, www.gracobaby.com. Parents who find that a SnugRide
infant seat does not have hooks or pins should not use the base and should
call Graco at 1-800-345-4109 for a new base.
The infant carrier may, however, be used in the car without the base. For
proper instructions on installing the carrier in the car without the base,
parents should consult the instruction manual. Installation instructions are
also available on Graco’s web site.
For more information, owners should write to Graco Children’s Products,
Inc., 150 Oaklands Boulevard, Exton, PA 19341 or call 1-800-345-4109.
Consumers with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign
should call NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, (888) 327-4236, or check
NHTSA’s recall information page at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm
under the recall number 03C-003000.
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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