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Monday, November 26, 2007

Graco recalls SnugRide car seats (and why it's important to register your baby products)

Graco has voluntarily recalled SnugRide infant car seats that were sold individually (i.e., not as part of a travel system). The car seats included in the recall were manufactured between August 2006 and June 2007.

The problem is that the backing of the seat pad may deteriorate or tear, allowing a child in the seat to remove the padding material place it in his or her mouth, creating a choking hazard. (This problem apparently doesn't impact the performance of the car seat in terms of protecting your child during car rides.)

If you think your car seat is part of the recall, click through to Graco's web site and check to see if the model number is listed. If it is, make sure your seat is registered so you can get information on how to order a replacement kit.

Tyler is currently using his Graco SafeSeat, so this recall doesn't apply to us. (I found out about it via the Baby Bargains Book blog.) But since Graco is automatically sending out information on the replacement kit program to registered owners, this is a good example of why it's important to register your baby products. I've registered all of our car seats and a few other items.

As a side note, I don't care for Graco's requirement that parents be registered in order to find out how to receive a replacement kit. I think it's offensive to force parents to give up more privacy than they may care to in order to ensure their child's safety. The information on how to obtain the replacement kit should be posted right on their web site. And you should only have to provide minimal information: your name, shipping address, and the model of the recalled item.

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