The Brand of Car Seats I Said I Would Never Own: Graco Issues MASSIVE Recall, Affecting Over 25,000 Car Seats

When creating my gift registry for my baby shower there were three major things I vowed to the death of me, to stay away from. They were:

  1. Any and all Johnson & Johnson products
  2. Any car seats or stroller from Britax
  3. Any and every car seat from Graco

Picky? Yeah. But with great freaking reason.

I already filled you guys in on my personal gripes with parents and their common lack of car seat safety knowledge, and the startling statistic that 95% of them don't know what they're doing when it comes to making sure that their babies are safe. Now what happens, when you mix that along with everyone's America's favorite car seat brand issuing product recalls left and right? D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.

So what's the latest drama? Well, Graco has issued a massive recall of their My Ride 65 car seat that effects well over 25,000 units. They are alerting that the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained. The recall affects certain My Ride 65 convertible seats with model numbers 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. The seats were made on July 22, 2014, and have a code of 2014/06 on a tag that’s on the webbing. Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that agency tests discovered the webbing strength problem. Graco traced the problem to a single batch of webbing. Graco says in documents that it will notify owners and dealers will provide a replacement harness free of charge. The recall is expected to start on July 17.

Concerning? Um. Yeah.

What bothers me about this recall, and every other Graco recall, is that this is probably the most popular car seat brand for parents in the United States. It's become somewhat of the default, go-to brand when purchasing convertible car seats and so many parents make the choice to purchase one of their seats to rely on for the safety of their children daily. I know countless friends who own various Graco models, and it's an unsettling feeling to know that some may possibly be affected by this recall. Something needs to be done because the quality of their product should not be compromised as a result of their high demand, if that is what's happening here (sure does seem like it!).

Safety has always been a priority topic for me in all aspects of life, and my son's safety as 100% non-negotiable, as long it falls within a realm that I can control. I remember when I was first deciding on what infant car seat I wanted for Grayson. It was actually the very first item I gave thought to when I found out I was expecting. I remember spending days, during countless research on different car seats and comparing model to model. I eventually decided on the Cybex Aton Q - $485 @ Amazon, which is one of the safest (if not thee safest) infant car seat on the market and was at complete ease and fully satisfied with my purchase. Recently, I put forth the very same effort when searching for my pick for a convertible car seat and it led me to choosing the Nuna Rava - $449.95. The Rava upholds the same caliber of safety and quality craftsmanship as the Aton Q, and also has the most generous allowance for weight and height limits that allow for extended rear-face seating, which I very much intend on keeping in tact well past the 2-year old minimum expectation. It is the only U.S. car seat in which I would place my son or any child into, and neither the Rava or the Aton Q have ever been recalled.

While these two car seats aren't cheap, I'm well aware that they're above the average car seat budget. However, when it comes to child safety, I don't believe that money should compromise how safe your kid in. Whether it's the Nuna Rava that costs $450 or the Graco My Ride 65 which costs $70-150, they both should do the same exact job and uphold to the highest standards possible. A higher price tag doesn't necessarily make you exempt of malfunction; just earlier this year, 4Moms recalled their not-so-cheap techy, self-installing car seat for containing a system glitch that led you to believe that the seat had installed itself correctly even though it wasn't. Although the recall didn't impact such a high number like the Graco recall, it still affected their consumer which is worrisome enough.

Bottom line is folks, do your research and a lot of it. Keep up to date on recalls and safety notices when it comes to gear for your kids. If you're ever unsure about the current status of your car seat or feel you may have missed a notice, CarSeat.org keeps an updated list of all of the recalls which they update in real time. The list is a life-saving valuable resource that should be bookmarked by all parents. Yes, that means you.

See the list here: http://www.carseat.org/Recalls/recall.html

Stay safe!

-Ros