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Graco car seats reviewed after buckle complaints

DETROIT — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won’t unlatch.

The probe covers My Ride and Nautilus car seats from 2009 through 2011 made by Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta, the safety agency said in documents posted on its website Friday.

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NHTSA has received 25 reports of problems from consumers, with some complaining that they had to use excessive force to unlatch the buckle. Three told the agency they had to cut the seat’s harness to free their child, while six more said they had to pull the child through the harness. No injuries have been reported.

The agency did not say how many car seats were affected by the investigation, saying in documents that the number was confidential. Investigators will decide if the seats should be recalled. They have asked Graco for information about other seats with the same harness parts. A message was left for a Graco spokeswoman.

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