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Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

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Graco is recalling 11 out of the 18 models manufactured between 2009 and 2013 after complaints that the harness buckle sticks in the lock position. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration warns the problem could make it difficult to get a child out of the seat during an emergency.

That's what concerned four-year-old Oliver Frady's mother Argent. "It's not safe for a kid to be stuck in their car seat."

Frady bought the Graco Size4Me 70 in 2012 - she says other car seats take 10 seconds to operate…this one took 45.

"What if the car blows up and those extra 45 seconds it takes you to pull out all the straps, get the kid out - you should be able to do it instantly."

In a statement Graco says "food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position."

But CBS This Morning has obtained government letters to Graco that call the company's explanation "inaccurate" and "misleading to consumers."

Officials have been pressing Graco to recall an additional two million rear-facing infant car seats which use the same type of buckle, telling Graco it may take legal action to force a recall. CBS News has also learned that the recall could affect other brands with similar buckles.

Frady says despite the issues she still trusts Graco - but wishes the company had addresed the issue sooner.

"This has been an issue since I believe 2009 it shouldn't have taken from 2009 - to 2013 to fix the issue."

Recalled models include: the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 and Smart Seat.

The harnessed booster seats that are part of the recall are the Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.

The government says Graco is not recalling seven models despite being asked to do so by the NHTSA. The infant seat list includes: Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40.

The seats cost $99 up to $400.

For more information, consumers can call 800-345-4109 or email consumerservices@gracobaby.com.

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