Graco Children's Product Inc. of Atlanta said it would recall 3.7 million car seats due to the possibility of children becoming trapped.
Graco said over time "food and dried liquids ... can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open ... or become stuck in the latched position."
The recall involves all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats made from 2009 through July 2013.
The company also said a car seat "is always the safest way to transport your child," stressing the recalled car seats still function well as restraining devices for young passengers.
The concern is not how they function as car seats, but problems freeing a child from a seat of the buckle becomes stuck.
Graco said it was recalling 16 models of car seats, including Toddler Convertible Car Seats, Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
Graco said it would offer new and improved replacement harness buckles to consumers at no cost.
Consumers can call 800-345-4109 for information.
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