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Graco(R) Children's Products Announces a Voluntary Safety Recall for the Stand Alone SnugRide(R) Infant Car Seat Manufactured from August 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007


EXTON, Pa., Nov. 20, 2007 -- Graco Children's Products Inc. today announced a voluntary recall on the stand alone SnugRide(R) infant car seats. On some of the 304,675 manufactured August 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, the backing of the seat pad may pull away from the seams in an area reachable to the child occupant, exposing the pad filling and posing a potential choking hazard.

This corrective action may affect SnugRide infant car seats with the following model numbers: 8609FOF2, 8609FOF3, 8616FOF2, 8616FOF3, 8643DDH2, 8643DDH3, 8643CDR2, 8643DH03, 8643SUP2, 8643SUP3, 8643JOS2, 8643JOS3, 8643MDW3, 8643PWC3, 8643SFJ3, 8645FMT2, 8645FMT3, 8645GLM3, 8645GLN3, 8645HEM2, 8645HEM3, 8645MYC2, 8646SML3, 8645MYC3, 8645MRG3, 8645PKR2, 8645SNY2, 8646SND2, 8645THR2, 8645THR3, 8646FIE2, 8646FIE3, 8646GRT3 and 8646RRY3. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on the label on the back of the car seats. These seats were sold in the United States at mass merchandisers, specialty retailers and department stores from August 2006 through November 11, 2007. This does not include any SnugRide models made before August 2006, as these products have a different design. This does not affect SnugRide models sold as a travel system.

To receive a replacement kit, which includes a replacement seat pad; consumers should call 1-800-345-4109 Monday-Friday between 8 am & 5 pm ET or visit 24 hours a day to determine whether their car seat may be affected and to obtain instructions on how to receive a replacement cover. When calling Graco, consumers should have the model number and date of manufacture of the car seat readily available. Consumers should not return the child restraint system to the retailer.

This matter does not affect the ability of the child restraint system to protect the occupant in the case of a motor vehicle crash. Product owners can continue use of the SnugRide infant car seat as a child restraint. However, Graco recommends that parents examine the seat pad on a periodic basis to ensure that the inner filling of the seat cover does not pull away from the seams and become exposed to a child and not necessarily wash the pad while they wait for the replacement cover.