NHTSA campaign urges caregivers to register their car seat

This undated photo provided by Graco Children’s Products shows a SnugRide Classic Connect infant car seat. Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators in what is now the largest seat recall in American history. Buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, and that could make it hard to remove children. Infant-seat models covered by the recall issued Tuesday, July 1, 2014, include the SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect (including Classic Connect 30 and 35), SnugRide 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30. They were manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (AP Photo/Graco Children’s Products)

WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Don’t Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today.” campaign urges caregivers to register their car seat so manufacturers know how to notify them of a recall and how to receive the free fix.

NHTSA’s Parent Central site allows parents and caregivers to select their manufacturer or brand of car seat and directly links them to the manufacturer’s registration page. In addition, the agency encourages people to utilize the updated SaferCar app (for iOS or Android) which now allows users to search for car seat recalls, in addition to vehicle and tire recalls. The app also provides information on where people can go for help installing car seats.

Register Your Car Seat Here

On Monday, the NHTSA said it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.

Graco Children’s Products, a division of Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid Inc., recalled 6.1 million car seats this year because the buckles could get stuck. That could put a child’s life at risk in an emergency. It is the largest child seat recall in U.S. history.

Federal rules require a manufacturer to report a safety defect within five days of becoming aware of it. If the investigation finds the company failed to report the defect in a timely manner, the company could face up to $35 million in fines.

How to Find the Right Car Seat

Graco said Monday that it “thoroughly analyzed all data related to the buckles and took the required actions to keep our consumers safe.” It said it is cooperating with the NHTSA investigation.

No injuries have been reported because of the problem, the company said.

The agency and the car seat maker were involved in an extended dispute over the car seat recall.

When Graco recalled 4.2 million toddler seats in February, the NHTSA sent a sternly worded letter that questioned why infant car seats weren’t included. It accused the company of soft-pedaling the recall with “incomplete and misleading” documents for consumers. The company gave in to regulatory pressure and recalled 1.9 million infant car seats in July.

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