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Government orders Graco to explain recall

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DETROIT — The federal government’s road safety watchdog is ordering child seat maker Graco to explain why it didn’t include 1.8 million infant seats in a recent recall for faulty buckles. The company says it will comply with the request.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that Graco has until March 20 to explain why last month’s recall of 3.8 million child seats didn’t include infant seats, which have the same buckles that can get stuck as the child seats.

Graco Children’s Products Inc. said the child seat buckles get stuck because children drop food or drinks on them. It is sending replacement buckles to owners. It said it will also send replacement buckles for infant seats if owners request them. Rear-facing infant seats aren’t being recalled because infants don’t get food or drinks on their seats, a Graco spokeswoman said in February.

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