Graco Children's Products Inc. issued a recall for more than a quarter-million ComfortSport™ 5-point harness convertible car seats that were manufactured in Ohio during the first seven months of the year.
Graco says that the Lower Anchorage belt may have been misrouted during the assembly process. As such, the back seat angle can exceed 70&176;.
The company says the increased rotation increases the risk of injury though none have been reported yet.
The seats were sold through department stores and mass merchandisers until August of this year.
Graco&174; plans to mail notices to all known owners with a seat manufactured between January 2nd and July 31st containing instructions on how to correct the misrouting.
The safety notice covers ComfortSport car seats with the following model numbers: 8629TWL, 8630MTR, 8631DFT, 8631DRA, 8632PSO, 8635TAC, 8639COS, 8C00BLG, 8C00DMN, 8C00GRP, 8C00LNW, 8C00MID, 8C00TMB, 8C01SVD, 8C01WTN, 8C02MGI, 8C02MRC, 8C03HAL, 8C03WCF, 8C04FRR, AND 8433FOF.
The model number and date of manufacture can be found on the back of the car seat.
Customers who have not registered their car seat should call 1-800-345-4109 between 8 and 5 EDT Monday through Friday or on their website www.graco.com determine if their car seat is affected and obtain instructions on how to correctly route the Lower Anchorage belt.
Graco says that consumers should not use the seat in the rear facing position with LATCH until the belt routing has been inspected and, if necessary, corrected. The vehicle seatbelt can be used instead of LATCH in the meantime.
However, consumers who have rerouted their Lower Anchorage belt according to the instruction manual for use in the forward facing mode are not affected.