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Major child car seat recall

NATIONWIDE (WGME) -- This is one of the biggest recalls ever for car seats and will effect millions of families across the country.

Graco has agreed to recall 11 models of their seats, amounting to about 3.7 million child car seats.

At issue is the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the red release button in the harness can be difficult to unlatch or become stuck.  This is a major safety issue if there was an emergency and the child needed to be removed from the seat quickly.

Graco made this move voluntarily, but the government had called for the recall and they are asking for even more to be recalled.

The safety agency says that seven more model seats also have problems, and it is evaluating those models now.

In a statement, Graco said it has been working on the issue for a while now to help consumers.  A spokesperson said, "This does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain a child."

Graco says parents can continue using the seat while waiting for the recommended replacement part, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disagrees.  They say people should consider an alternative car seat until the problem with this seat is fixed. 

At this point, there have not been any injuries reported with these car seats.