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Graco Recalls 3.8 Million Child Safety Seats

Facing possible recall of 1.8 million more due to buckles.

by on Feb.11, 2014

Graco is recalling 3.8 million child safety seats due to issues with the buckles.

Graco is recalling 11 models of child safety seats totaling nearly 3.8 million units due to buckles that may not unlatch; however, the company is locked in a battle with the government over another seven models it will not recall.

In the 11 models, which were sold from 2009 to 2013, sometimes the buckles do not unlatch without using excessive force, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or in some cases the belts have had to be cut to remove the child in the seat.

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To date, there have been 80 complaints filed about the seats, although no injuries or deaths have been attributed to the seats. (more…)

More than Half of New Child Seats Get Top Ranking

IIHS says performance of seats is significantly improved.

by on Nov.11, 2013

The IIHS said that more than half of new child booster seats earned a "Best Bet" rating this year.

It’s not only new cars and trucks that are steadily improving their safety ratings, child booster seats are seeing an impressive level of improvement as well, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

More than half of the seats introduced this year earned the group’s top rating – Best Bet. The “Best Bet” ranking means that they correctly position a four- to eight-year-old child to use the regular shoulder and lap belts in almost any car.

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“Parents should have an easy time finding a top-rated booster seat since there are more this year than ever before,” said Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research, in a statement. (more…)

Johnson Controls Buys Recaro

Recaro best known for performance seating.

by on Dec.31, 2010

A pair of Recaro seats.

Johnson Controls Inc., one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, has swooped in to acquire one of the top names in automobile seating – Recaro.

JCI has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the German automotive  supplier Keiper and the Recaro-brand specialty seat business. Financial details regarding the transaction were not disclosed.

“This acquisition further strengthens our metal components and mechanisms business through the addition of the Keiper and Recaro brands which are synonymous with quality, technical expertise and innovation,” said Beda Bolzenius, Vice President, Johnson Controls and President, Automotive Experience. ”

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“It provides leading technologies that we can leverage across our current seat component portfolio, and expand in China and North America,” he said.

Keiper, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, is a leader in recliner system technology and is renowned for its engineering and manufacturing expertise in metal components and mechanisms. The acquisition will include approximately 4,750 employees globally in seven countries.