Graco has recalled nearly two million infant car seats due to a defective buckle that makes the car seats difficult to open.

According to a Fox 6 news report, the car seat manufacturer has recalled 1.9 million car seats for select infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats this week.

This safety recall comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the federal agency demanding the recall and the car seat maker resisting issuing a recall for rear-facing infant seats.

Stuck Buckles Pose Serious Hazard

In the case of these defective car seats, buckles can get stuck by spilled food and drinks making it difficult to remove children from the car seats.

In some cases, parents report having to cut the harnesses to get their children out. The agency says these faulty harness buckles increase the risk of injuries, especially in emergencies.

Graco argued that the infant seats are used differently and that in an emergency, an adult can remove the entire seat rather than using the buckle.

So, Graco had been resisting NHTSA’s demand to recall the infant seats.

Earlier this year, the company issued the largest ever car seat recall for the same problem, recalling 4.2 million child and toddler seats.

Infant-seat models covered by Tuesday’s recall include the SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect (including Classic Connect 30 and 35), SnugRide 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40 and Aprica A30.

Graco will repair the car seats by replacing the faulty buckles at no charge to consumers.

Product Liability Issues

Car seats are integral to the safety of our children.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured.

A CDC study also found that in one year more than 618,000 children ages 0 to 12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat.

Of the children who died in a crash in 2011, 33 percent were not buckled up.

While the fact that car seats save lives has been well established over the years, there is still the issue of defective car seats that hurt our children.

In this particular case, the stuck buckles could prove extremely dangerous especially in vehicle fire cases where children must be removed right away from the vehicle. A few seconds delay in such cases could turn out to be lethal for children.

If your child has been injured as the result of a defective car seat, it is important that you contact an experienced product liability lawyer to explore your legal rights and options.

Compensation may be available for your significant losses.