Britax Recall on Chaperone Car Seat:: 01-28-12
Britax - 1-888-427-4829
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 12C001
Britax is recalling certain Chaperone infant child restraint systems produced from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. The harness adjuster can detach from the seat shell. Should the harness adjuster detach from the seat, the child will not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury or death. Britax will notify owners and provide repair kits free of charge. The safety recall and mailing of the kits is expected to begin on or about February 6, 2012. Until then, any seats on which the harness adjuster has detached will be replaced. Owners may contact Britax at 1-888-427-4829 or visit www.BritaxUSA.com.
For more information for this particular recall, please go to 12C001.
New Rules of the Road: Children Rear-Facing Until Age 2:: 03-21-11
AAP updates car seat recommendation; Riley Hospital ready to help parents
INDIANAPOLIS – Parents who mark their children’s first birthdays by turning their car seats to face forward should think again. New advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests children stay safer longer in rear-facing car seats.
The updated AAP car seat recommendation states that parents should keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until they reach the maximum height or weight for their seat. The previous policy that many parents have followed advised that infants and toddlers ride rear-facing up to the limits of the car seat or age 12 months and 20 pounds.
“While this change is very exciting, we’ve been promoting the safety benefits of rear-facing car seats for a long time at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health through our Automotive Safety Program,” said Dr. Bull, a developmental pediatrician with Riley at IU Health, and a current AAP board member and chair of District V. “This will be an adjustment for parents certainly, but our experience shows that they want to do the right thing for their children.”
Dr. Bull and fellow Riley developmental pediatrician Dr. Joseph O’Neil have studied car seat safety for years. Both were active in the new policy through the Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, AAP’s committee tasked with revising the child passenger safety recommendations. Dr. O’Neil currently sits on the committee; Dr. Bull is a past committee chair.
“Instead of parents looking ahead to the next transition for their child, they should instead monitor their child’s height and weight to see when they reach the limits of their car seat,” Dr. O’Neil said. “There shouldn’t be a rush to get kids to the adult seat belt because each transition up until that point comes with a reduction in the protection the restraint provides. The goal here should be safety and we know that rear-facing car seats are simply safer and provide better protection for children under age 2.”
Data supporting AAP’s updated recommendation comes from a study1 in which Dr. Bull participated. Findings of the study include:
• Infants (0-11 months) are almost two times more likely to be seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash while forward-facing compared to rear-facing.
• Children in the second year of life (12-23 months) are five times more likely to be seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash while forward-facing compared to rear-facing.
“Rear-facing car seats support the body over a wide area, distribute crash forces, and as a result, better protect the head, neck and spinal cord,” Dr. O’Neil said. “This is important because kids have big brains, high centers of gravity, weak neck muscles and less developed bones and ligaments.”
According to the AAP:
• Children should transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing one with a harness, until they reach the maximum height or weight for that seat.
• A booster will make sure the vehicle’s lap-and-shoulder belt fit properly.
• The shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the chest and shoulder - not near the neck or face.
• The lap belt should fit low and snug on the hips and upper things - not across the belly.
• Most children will need a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.
• Children should ride in the rear of the vehicle until they are 13 years old.
Parents with questions on their car seats and the updated AAP recommendation should contact the Riley Hospital for Children Automotive Safety Program at Indiana University Health at 1-800-KID-N-CAR or visit www.preventinjury.org.
1Henary, B., Sherwood, C.P., Crandall, J.R., Kent, R.W., Vaca, F.E., Arbogast, K.B., Bull, M.J. (2007). Car safety seats for children: rear facing for best protection. Injury Prevention, 13: 398-402. doi:10.1136/ip.2006.015115
Dorel (Maxi Cosi) Mico:: 02-05-10
Dorel Juvenile Group at 1-877-657-9546
Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling certain Maxi-Cosi Mico infant child restraint systems, models 22-371 HFL, JUC, LMD, PNG, and ORE; 22-372 TTH; AND Maxi-Cosi Mico infant child restraint system - base only, model 22-515 BLK, produced from February 18, 2008 through June 28, 2008. Interference between the mounting bracket and the base caused by warping of the base or inadequate mating between the shell and the base mounting bracket can result in difficulty attaching or detaching the shell from the base. If the shell is improperly mounted to the base, the child could be injured in the event of a crash. DJG will notify all registered owners and will send a remedy kit consisting of two base springs, a hex wrench, and instructions for the base spring replacement. The repair kit is free of charge. The safety campaign is expected to begin on or about February 5, 2010.
Dorel (Cosco & Eddie Bauer) Alpha/Omega, Hi Back, and Touriva:: 01-18-10
DJG toll-free at 1-866-690-2539
On certain Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) child restraint systems, manufactured from January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001, the tether webbing fails to conform to the abrasion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Cosco / Alpha/Omega 02332
Cosco / Alpha/Omega 02531
Cosco / Alpha/Omega 02533
Cosco / Alpha/Omega 02537
Cosco / Alpha/Omega 02555
Cosco / Hi Back 02409
Cosco / Hi Back 02442
Cosco / Hi Back 02443
Cosco / Hi Back 02445
Cosco / Hi Back 02448
Cosco / Hi Back 02449
Cosco / Hi Back 02450
Cosco / Hi Back 02480
Cosco / Hi Back 02495
Cosco / Touriva 02014
Cosco / Touriva 02015
Cosco / Touriva 02019
Cosco / Touriva 02084
Cosco / Touriva 02094
Cosco / Touriva 02114
Cosco / Touriva 02504
Cosco / Touriva 02514
Cosco / Touriva 02518
Cosco / Touriva 02519
Cosco / Touriva 02524
Cosco / Touriva 02584
Cosco / Touriva 02803
Cosco / Touriva 02806
Cosco / Touriva 02821
Cosco / Touriva 02825
Cosco / Touriva 02935
Cosco / Touriva 93084
Cosco / Touriva 93094
Cosco / Touriva 93514
Eddie Bauer / Hi Back 02849
Eddie Bauer / Hi Back 02880
Eddie Bauer / Touriva 02870
Eddie Bauer / Touriva 02871
Eddie Bauer / Touriva 02875
Consequence: If the webbing is exposed to a significant amount of abrasion, it could degrade. If the webbing degrades more than permitted by the standard, it may not provide sufficient protection to a child in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the child.
Dorel (Cosco & Eddie Bauer) Hi Back and Touriva:: 01-18-10
DJG toll-free at 1-866-690-2539
These Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) child restraint systems, manufactured from March 15 to August 1, 2002 with 6 panel Wellington webbing harnesses, fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." the UV stabilizer used in the webbing may not adequately protect it from deterioration by ultraviolet rays.
Cosco / Hi Back 02442CNG
Cosco / Hi Back 02442DNP
Cosco / Hi Back 02442JUB
Cosco / Hi Back 02443PRI
Cosco / Hi Back 02448BNG
Cosco / Hi Back 02848BNG
Cosco / Hi Back 93443PRI
Cosco / Hi Back 93514FSM
Cosco / Touriva 02514FSM
Cosco / Touriva 02519OXF
Cosco / Touriva 02524AAR
Cosco / Touriva 22100TTD
Cosco / Touriva 93446FSM
Cosco / Touriva 93504BHO
Consequence: If the webbing is exposed to significant amounts of sunlight, it could degrade. If the webbing strength degrades more than allowed by the standard it may not provide sufficient protection to a child in a crash, causing an increased risk of injury to the child.
Dorel (Cosco, Disney, Eddie Bauer, & Safety 1st) Infant Car Seats:: 12-22-09
Dorel Juvenile Group at (866) 762-3316
When used as an infant carrier, the child restraint handle to the seat can loosen and come off, posing a fall hazard to infants.
Incidents/Injuries: Dorel has received 77 reports of the child restraint handle fully or partially coming off the car seat/carrier resulting in at least three injuries to infants including bumps, bruises and a head injury.
Description: This recall involves Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney branded infant car seat/carriers with the following model numbers and that were manufactured from January 6, 2008 through April 6, 2009. The model number and manufacture date are located on a label on the side of the car seat/carrier. They were sold with Travel Systems. The stroller portion of the travel system is not affected by this recall.
Child Restraint Model # and Product Description
22-057 DBY Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-085 DWA Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 CLN Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 HRT Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 HRR Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 PTK Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 LPH Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-085 LYN Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 KDL Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322 LXI Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322OLY Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322PRS Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322 MAI Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-325 COB Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-095 RBK Safety 1st Explorer Travel System
22-380 LGA Safety 1st Lite Wave Travel System
22-380 MSA Safety 1st Lite Wave Travel System
22-627 WAV Safety 1st Vector Travel System
22-325 PAC Safety 1st Vector Travel System
22-300 FZN Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 OSF Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 CSF Cosco Spirit Travel System
22-300 JJV Cosco Spirit Travel System
22-300 THD Cosco Spirit Travel System
22-300 TWD Cosco Spirit Travel System
22-627 AWF Disney Propack Travel System
22-355 LBF Disney Propack Travel System
22-305 NAB Disney Propack Travel System
22-305 PPH Disney Propack Travel System
22-355 PWK Disney Propack Travel System
22-627 CGT Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 FRK Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 SNW Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 WPR Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627KGS Eddie Bauer Endeavor Travel System
22-655BYTE Eddie Bauer Endeavor Travel System
Consumers should not use the handle of the car seat/carrier until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when properly installed in the vehicle. Contact Dorel Juvenile Group to receive a free repair kit.
Evenflo First Choice:: 11-20-09
Evenflo ParentLink Department at 1-800-233-5921.
Models: 360 (First Choice)
Production Dates: January 16, 2009 - September 29, 2009
Noncompliance: Certain Evenflo First Choice infant child restraint systems, Model 3604098, manufactured between January 16 and September 29, 2009, fail to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." A label containing important information was left off the seat.
Consequence: A label was inadvertently left off this product that contains certain required information about contacting Evenflo to register the car seat in case of a recall, information about contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for recall information, as well as a statement certifying that the car seat complies with the safety standard and is certified for use in aircraft.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will mail the required labels along with placement instructions to registered owners free of charge. The safety campaign is expected to begin during November 2009. Owners may contact Evenflo toll-free at 1-800-233-5921 between 8am and 5pm EST.
Mia Moda Viva and Viva Supreme:: 10-29-09
Lerado at 1-717-735-3788 or toll-free at 1-877-546-8437.
Lerado is recalling certain Mia Moda infant child restraints and bases, models Viva and Viva Supreme, Model Nos. 5000 (seat), 5001 (base), 5050 (seat), 5051 (base), 5070 (seat), 5071 (base), 5080 (seat), and 5081 (base). The harness splitter plate located on the rear of the seat has sharp edges which can cut the harness. Also, the base could crack in a crash.In the event of a crash, the child may not be adequately restrained, thereby increasing the risk of injury. Lerado will notify registered owners. Parents and caregivers are being advised to stop using the seat. A full refund will be offered. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2009. Owners may contact Lerado at 1-717-735-3788 or toll-free at 1-877-546-8437.
Maxi Cosi Mico Infant Seats:: 07-26-09
Dorel Juvenile Group at 1-877-657-9546
Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling certain Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Child Restraint Systems, Models 22-371 and 22-372, and Maxi-cosi Mico Infant Child Restraint System - base only, model 22-515, produced from July 2007 through February 17, 2008. Interference between the mounting bracket and the base caused by warping of the base or inadequate mating between the shell and the base mounting bracket can result in difficulty attaching or detaching the shell from the base.
Triple Play Products Sit n Stroll:: 05-21-09
Triple Play Products at 1-800-829-1625
Triple Play Products, LLC is recalling certain Sit'n'Stroll child restraint systems, Model 4002, manufactured on May 5, 2008. The webbing used in the center adjuster for the harness fails to comply with the initial breaking strength requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Team Tex Baby Ride:: 04-24-09
Team Tex at 1-877-912-1313
Team-Tex America, Inc. is recalling certain Babyride infant child restraint systems, Model 374199, manufactured on December 18, 2008. The belt routing label with the "horizontal reference line" is incorrectly placed on the child restraint system which fails to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraints Systems."
Recaro Como and Signo:: 04-01-09
Recaro at 1-888-473-2290
Recaro North America, Inc. is recalling certain Signo and Como child restraint systems manufactured from November 1, 2007 to February 16, 2009. A mechanical spring, located inside the locking cam, was manufactured outside the dimensional requirements. The central front adjuster strap on those seats containing the incorrectly manufactured spring will slip within the metal adjuster (a-lock) and this prevents the harness from being securely tightened.
Production Dates: February 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008
Defect: Recaro North America, Inc. is recalling 5,444 Signo child restraint assemblies manufactured from February to September 2008. The central front adjuster strap on some seats may slip within the metal adjuster (a lock) that controls tightness of the harness and may prevent the harness from being properly tightened.
Consequence: If this condition existed and a vehicle crash occurred, the child would not be properly secured in their child restraint system and may sustain injury.
Corrective Action: Recaro will notify owners and replace any defective child restraint system free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2009. Owners can contact Recaro customer service toll-free at 1-888-473-2290.
PEG PEREGO USA, INC.:: 01-09-09
Make: Peg Perego
Models: Primo Viaggo SIP 30/30
Production Dates: July 1, 2007 - March 14, 2008
Safety Improvement: The plastic adjustment cover on certain Peg Perego Primo Viaggo SIP 30/30 infant child restraint systems manufactured between July 1, 2007 and March 14, 2008, could have an exposed mold flash with a sharp edge. The model numbers of the affected seats are Peg Perego IMUN00US32MD41KN41, IMUN00US35CR13BU13, IMUN00US35CR13PL46, IMUN00US35CR24BU24, IMUN00US35TL49KN53, IMUN00US35TL53KN46, IMUN00US61ST13IC53, IMUN00US61ST34IC53, AND IMUN00US61ST48IC53.
Consequence: The sharp edge of the flash could cause cuts, scratches, or abrasions on the feet or legs of bare-footed infants.
Corrective Action: Peg Perego will notify registered owners and provide a free repair kit. This safety campaign began during April 2008. Owners may contact Peg Perego toll-free at 1-800-671-1701.
Britax Frontier Harness-2-Booster:: 12-12-08
Britax Announces Voluntary Safety Recall
CHARLOTTE, NC (December 12, 2008) - Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary safety recall on the Frontier combination Harness-2-Booster child restraints. The recall includes Frontier child restraints manufactured between April 1, 2008 and September 14, 2008 for Model #s E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7 and E9L54M6 and between April 1, 2008 and September 17, 2008 on Model # E9L5490.
If the harness straps are repeatedly loosened one strap at a time, then the harness strap(s) may become detached from the metal yoke located on the back of the child seat. If the harness strap(s) becomes loose or detached then the condition can be corrected by inspecting the back of the child seat and reattaching the harness straps. If this condition occurs, the child may not be properly restrained, and in the event of a vehicle crash there could be an increased risk of injury.
To address this issue, Britax will provide two rubber caps that can be easily placed on the yoke slots to prevent the harness straps from detaching. The rubber caps have been specifically designed for the Frontier yoke to provide a secure fit and have been tested to verify their effectiveness.
No later than January 7, 2009, the rubber caps will be mailed with an instruction sheet to all registered Frontier child restraint owners with manufacturing dates prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. Additional caps will be made available to retailers with affected inventory of Frontiers manufactured prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. All Frontier child restraint owners should confirm whether their Frontier is affected by verifying the date of manufacture. Detailed instructions for locating this information can be found at www.FrontierRecall.com
Until consumers receive their remedy kit, they should confirm that their harness system is properly attached to the metal yoke and they may continue to safely use their child restraint.
Owners of the Frontier child restraint who have not registered their product or need to verify existing registration should contact the Britax information line, toll free at 1-800-683-2045 or visit www.FrontierRecall.com.
Graco ComfortSport:: 12-09-08
Models: 8C04FRR (Comfort Sport), 8C04FRR2 (Comfort Sport)
Production Dates: November 1, 2006 - October 8, 2007
Noncompliance: Graco is recalling 43,994 Comfortsport (TM) convertible car seats, in the Frazier (TM) fashion, manufactured from November 1, 2006 through October 8, 2007. These seats were equipped with a large sized, supplemental pad or "body pillow" that partially obscures the child airbag warning label which is on the seat pad. The partial obscuring of this label fails to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems".
Consequence: Serious injury could occur to the child should the seat be improperly placed in the vehicle.
Corrective Action: Graco will notify owners and instruct them to discard the supplemental pillows. The pillows are provided for comfort only and do not affect the seat's ability to protect your child in the event of a crash. The recall is expected to begin during December 2008. Owners may contact graco at 1-800-345-4109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BABY TREND INC.:: 07-10-08
Make: BABY TREND
Models: 6400 RIGID LATCH-LOC BASE, 6439 (RIGID LATCH-LOC), 6448 (RIGID LATCH-LOC), 6481 (RIGID LATCH-LOC)
Production Dates: May 14, 2007 - April 1, 2008
Defect: BABY TREND IS RECALLING 5,787 LATCH-LOC CAR SEATS, MODELS MAGNUM 6439, GALAXY 6481, SILVERADO 6448, AND 6400S STAND ALONE BASES, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MAY 14, 2007 AND APRIL 1, 2008. INCORRECT STEEL WAS USED ON THE LATCH CONNECTOR LOCKING PAWL.
Consequence: THE LATCH CONNECTOR LOCKING PAWL CAN CRACK ALLOWING THE CHILD SAFETY SEAT BASE TO DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE'S LATCH ANCHORS DURING A SEVERE CRASH. THIS CAN RESULT IN THE SEAT FAILING TO PROVIDE THE PROPER PROTECTION FOR ITS OCCUPANT.
Corrective Action: BABY TREND WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE BASE FREE OF CHARGE. ONLY RIGID LATCH-LOC MODEL CHILD RESTRAINTS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS RECALL. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2008. OWNERS CAN CONTACT BABY TREND TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-328-7363.
Chicco Key Fit, Key Fit 30, and Cortina Travel Systems:: 06-03-08
Consumer Safety Recall Information
Chicco USA, Inc., (Chicco), has determined that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in some of the bases for KeyFit and KeyFit 30 child restraint systems and Cortina Travel Systems manufactured between February 26, 2008 and March 17, 2008. This defect can prevent the base from being tightly secured to a vehicle when the lower LATCH attachments are used as the method of installation.
Specifically, when a defective base is installed with the lower LATCH attachment straps, the webbing used to tighten the base to the vehicle seat can slip through the adjustment lock. If the webbing were to slip during a vehicle crash, the base could move, possibly increasing the risk of injury.
Please Note: Your base can still be used safely when attached to the vehicle using the vehicle's safety belts instead of the lower LATCH attachments.
What You Should Do
To determine whether you have one of the defective bases, please look at the Serial Number, which can be found on the third line of a white label attached to the base. This Serial Number identifies the date your base was manufactured.
If the Serial Number is between 08 02 26 (corresponding to February 26, 2008) and 08 03 17 (corresponding to March 17, 2008), your base is covered by this recall. In that case, please:
Call 1-800-807-8817 to report the defective base.
Chicco will send a pre-paid envelope to you.
Cut the grey webbing that attaches the two black lower LATCH connectors. This will assure that no one will be able to use your base with the LATCH attachments in the future.
Send the two LATCH connectors and your name, mailing address, and phone number in the pre-paid envelope to:
Att: KeyFit Recall
1835 Freedom Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
We will send a replacement base to the address you indicated within two weeks after we receive the lower LATCH connectors.
IMPORTANT: Please remember that you can continue to use the base safely by installing it with the vehicle's safety belts instead of the LATCH connectors.
For any questions about this recall, please call 1-800-807-8817 and have the serial number of your car seat base handy.
If you purchased an Evenflo Model "302Z" Discovery Infant Car Seat during March 11-21, 2008 at a local Wal-Mart or Target Store, please contact Evenflo immediately.
Due to recent manufacturing variability, a small number of Evenflo Discovery Model 3021769Z and 3021854Z car seats may have shipped without complete assembly of the red release handle located on the back of the seat. Under certain conditions, this may cause the seat to separate from its base, possibly resulting in serious injury.
The affected Discovery seats were built on February 4, 2008 with model numbers 3021769Z and 3021854Z.
How to Check Your Discovery Car Seat
1. Turn the seat upside down as shown in Figure 1 below: (Figure 1 on website)
2. Locate the model number and manufacturing date as shown in Figure 2 below: (Figure 2 on website). Note that the label is located on the bottom of the seat toward the foot end of the seat.
Only model numbers 3021769Z and 3021854Z built on February 4, 2008 are subject to this notice.
If your Discovery model has a different model number or was not manufactured on February 4, 2008, please disregard this notice.
If you own a Discovery Model 3021769Z or 3021854Z that was manufactured on February 4, 2008:
1. Contact Evenflo directly at 1-800-233-5921 for a free replacement Discovery seat and base.
2. While awaiting your replacement car seat, you may continue to use your Discovery seat without the base.
3. The responsibility for this action rests solely with Evenflo. Please do not return the seat to your local retailer.
Automatic Notification on Recalls:: 03-24-08
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters Launches New Service to Automatically E-mail, Instant Message Safety Recall Information
Consumers Now Able to Sign Up for Safety Seat and Tire Recall Information
Consumers will be able to get important safety updates about child seats and tire recalls automatically e-mailed or sent to their PDA devices as part of a new federal government notification service, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced today.
“Signing up for this service is one of the easiest things you can do to help protect yourself and the lives of your children,” said Secretary Peters. “We can’t afford to let safety get lost in the mail.”
The Secretary noted that the new system focuses on safety seat and tire recall information because fewer consumers have historically responded to these important safety updates. For example, less than one-third of affected consumers respond to the tire recalls, while less than half of affected consumers respond to child seat recalls.
“When a product is defective, we want to do everything to get those unsafe products off the market,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator James F. Ports, Jr.
Ports urged consumers to visit http://www.safercar.gov/ and click on the “E-mail” or “RSS” option to register for the new notification service. However, he also reminded consumers that they should continue to register their safety seats and tires with manufacturers, even if they sign up for the new notification service. Ports explained that registering child seats and tires helps manufacturers contact purchasers about recalls in a timely fashion and allows them to provide additional details and instructions about the recalls.
Ports added that the Department has even added a feature to its “safecar.gov” website to make it easier for consumers to register safety seats directly with manufacturers. Consumers should click on the “Register your child restraint online” link and take advantage of this service.
Graco® Children's Products Inc. today announced a Safety Notice regarding a labeling non-compliance issue for a limited number of its CarGo® Booster Car Seats manufactured from January 9, 2007 through March 3, 2008.
The labeling non-compliance issue notice is the result of an incorrect NHTSA vehicle safety hotline number that appears on models of the following CarGo™ Booster Car Seats: 8487BELI, 8487SMP, 8487WBR, 8686ROS, 8689FAR, 8D01ZPH, 8D02SYC, 8D03WIK, 8D04SDN, 8D05NWY, and 8D10CCE. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on the lower back of the car seat. These seats were sold in mass merchandisers, specialty retailers and department stores throughout the United States.
If a consumer calls the incorrect phone number printed on the affected models, they will hear a message that the number is not in service at this time. We recommend consumers check their instruction manual as the NHTSA hotline number is printed correctly there. The correct NHTSA vehicle safety hotline phone number is 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), and their Web site can be accessed at www.nhtsa.gov. Consumers can also contact Graco® by calling 1-800-345-4109 or by visiting www.gracobaby.com for further information.
To remedy the affected product, a correct sticker kit is being provided to consumers who have registered their car seat with Graco®.
Consumers who own but have not registered their CarGo™ Booster Car Seat should call 1-800-345-4109 Monday–Friday between 8 am and 5 pm EST or visit www.gracobaby.com 24 hours a day to determine whether their CarGo™ Booster Car Seat may be affected by this announcement. When calling Graco®, consumers should have the model number and date of manufacture of the car seat readily available.
Combi Centre and Shuttle:: 03-04-08
Combi USA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada recently conducted numerous laboratory tests (in many cases these tests exceeded the requirements of the current US standard) to analyze the overall effectiveness of the Centre and Shuttle car seats in motor vehicle frontal crashes. This test data revealed that the car seat could potentially become separated from its base under these conditions.
We urge you to contact us to obtain the free retrofit kit. To place an order, please visit our website at www.combi-intl.com, or call Combi Consumer Relations Department at 1 800 543 7734 Monday through Thursday between 8AM and 5PM EST, Friday between 8AM and 3PM. If you have passed your Centre and/or Shuttle Infant Restraint along to a friend or neighbor, please share this information with them. You will not incur any shipping costs and your order will arrive within 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base until the retrofit kit is installed. Please refer to your instruction manual for proper installation without the base. These seats are designed for and safe to use without the base.
Britax Child Safety, Inc:: 02-06-08
Contact Britax Customer Service at 1-888-427-4829.
Companion, All model numbers
Produced prior to 11/1/07
Not a recall. Consumers who own a Companion child restraint and have registered their restraint will be sent an updated user guide and product labels to provide further clarification on product usage. Those consumers that have not registered their child restraint should contact Britax Consumer Service.
Dorel Juvenile Group:: 02-06-08
Contact Dorel Customer Service at 866-611-3022 or 800-544-1108
Cosco Touriva, Model numbers 22100x, 22111x, 22130x, 93100x, 93111x
Regal Ride, Model number 22139MON
Produced 9/28/04 through 09/20/07
Elastic straps on padding can come loose and become accessible to the child allowing the child to loop the elastic strap around portions of his/her body. Contact Dorel for a repair kit.
Contact Evenflo Customer Service at 800-525-2472 / 800-233-5921
Discovery, Model numbers 390, 391, 534, 552
Produced prior to 02/01/08
Testing showed that the car seat could potentially become separated from its base in high impact side collisions. Contact Evenflo for a free supplemental dual-hook fastener for enhanced safety performance.
Contact Graco Customer Service at 800-345-4109
Snugride, 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
Produced 08/01/06 through 06/30/07
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. Contact Graco for a repair kit.
Mia Moda:: 02-06-08
Contact Mia Moda Customer Service at 866-642-6632
Viva, Model numbers 5000, 5001
Produced from 12/19/06 through 02/06/07
The lower anchor connector adjuster assembly may interfere with the connection of the infant carrier to the restraint base when installed using LATCH. Installation with seat belt is not affected. In addition, registration cards were not provided with the Viva or separately sold bases. Contact company for a repair kit and to register CR.
Contact Recaro at 800-873-2276
Como, Model number 331.00.xxx
Produced prior to 9/17/07
Lap and shoulder belt guide (previously referred to as "lock-off") may not hold belt webbing snugly enough to prevent belt from loosening. Contact Recaro for locking clip and instructions.
Rear-Facing Car Seats Save Lives:: 12-10-07
INDIANAPOLIS – Groundbreaking research can improve the safety of young children in vehicles. According to an article published in the December issue of Injury Prevention, during the second year of life children are five times less likely to die or sustain serious injuries when they ride in rear-facing car seats compared to forward-facing car seats. This research applies to all types of crashes including side impact which are typically the most severe.
Dr. Marilyn Bull, medical director and founder of the Automotive Safety Program and Kohl's Center for Safe Transportation of Children at Riley Hospital for Children, co-authored the article in the prestigious medical journal.
“This is the most exciting and significant research to emerge regarding car seat safety in recent years,” Dr. Bull said. “It is essential that we communicate this message to all families to ensure our children are riding as safely as possible.”
Preliminary results from a statewide survey conducted in Indiana in 2007 revealed that 85 percent of infants under age one are riding rear-facing in car seats, but only seven percent of children in the second year of life are placed in their car safety seats facing the rear.
Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had recommended that infants ride rear-facing in car seats until they are at least one-year-old and 20 pounds before being turned forward-facing in their car seats. This research will undoubtedly change that official recommendation.
“Armed with the information we now have, it is imperative for parents to keep their children rear-facing in car seats longer,” Dr. Bull said. “Children are much better protected in rear-facing car seats. Many models of car seats allow children to ride rear-facing from 30 to 35 pounds.”
When infants approach 18 pounds or their head is within an inch of the top of their infant only car seat (between 4 and 10 months of age for most children), parents should make plans to transfer the child to a rear-facing convertible car safety seat.
Andretti, Kohl’s pledge promote Riley’s automotive safety efforts
Riding in rear-facing car seats and other car safety messages will be featured in a public service campaign funded by Kohl’s Department Stores. For 11 years, NASCAR and Indy Racing League driver John Andretti, a strong advocate for car seat safety, has dedicated his time to Riley Hospital for Children through his annual Race for Riley go-kart event. Andretti will serve as the spokesperson for this campaign which will air in central Indiana.
Kohl’s Department Stores has committed $314,790 in 2008 to the public service campaign and other public service programs at Kohl’s Center for Safe Transportation of Children at Riley Hospital for Children.
Parents can find out more information about their car safety seat by carefully reading the instruction manual, which comes with the seat; by calling 1-800-KID-N-CAR; or visiting www.preventinjury.org/fittingstation.asp for a list of car safety seat inspection stations all across Indiana.
About the Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home.
As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. More than 192,000 families turn to Riley for care each year. Children come from all 92 Indiana counties, across the nation and throughout the world. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Clarian Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital for Children the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region.
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Britax Child Safety, Inc.:: 05-30-07
Britax Consumer Services Department 1-888-4BRITAX
Britax Child Safety, Inc. is conducting a recall of the Regent Classic child restraint (model # E9L3998) produced from December 18, 2006 through January 18, 2007. These seats were produced with an incorrect label sewn to the fabric cover which fails to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraints Systems." Owners that have filed a registration card with Britax will automatically receive a replacement cover. Owners who have not filed a registration form should contact Britax Consumer Services Department at 1-888-4BRITAX or via email at email@example.com.
Britax Child Safety, Inc.:: 05-30-07
Britax Consumer Services Department at 1-888-4BRITAX
Britax Child Safety, Inc. is conducting a recall of the Boulevard child restraints (model # E9L57). The recall includes restraints produced from March 1, 2006 through August 1, 2006. During testing, the tether hook opened which fails to conform to the dynamic performance and child restraint system integrity requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." If the top tether hook opens during a crash, then the restraint could change from an upright to a reclined position increasing the risk of injury to the child. Owners who have not filed a registration form should contact Britax Consumer Services Department at 1-888-4BRITAX
Compass Customer Service, 888-899-2229
Compass Baby is announcing a Safety Advisory of the Compass I420 Infant Car Seats with manufacture dates of May 7, 2006 through May 16, 2006. The affected model numbers are: I420 ARD, I420 FUO and I420 MAR. During its rigorous on-going testing, Compass discovered a technical non-compliance. A metal slide can become disengaged from the shell if it is not properly seated ultimately causing a slight crack in the shell during testing. There have been no reports of injuries and no calls from consumers regarding problems. Please call Compass at 888-899-2229 or visit their web site: www.compassbaby.com . Compass will send registered consumers and those who contact them a free repair kit with instructions on how to correct this problem.
Dorel Juvenile Group USA:: 05-30-07
Customer Service, 877-229-1374
Dorel Juvenile Group USA is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign; involving Alpha Elite and Eddie Bauer brand Comfort Infant Car Seats. Some consumers have reported complaints that the handle trim screws on the recalled car seats can loosen, resulting in loose screws that could potentially present a choking hazard to the child. There have been no injuries reported. The seats were manufactured between July 26, 2005 and February 28, 2006 involve the following models:
Alpha Elite Comfort Infant Car Seat: 22331 BLA, 22332 RLA
Eddie Bauer Comfort Infant Car Seat: 22631 LNG, 22630 AFD, 22630 BAL, 22630 FTM, 22630 HPN, 22630 LRS, 22630 LKM. The 22630 models are part of the 01726 Eddie Bauer Integrated Travel System.
Dorel Juvenile Group USA will notify all registered owners. Those who have not registered their product should complete the online customer satisfaction program registration process at djgusa.com, safety1st.com or djgusa.com/eddiebauer. Consumers may also email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-229-1374. Parents are advised to make sure the handle trim screws have not loosened. Parents should continue to use the existing seat while waiting to receive and install the repair kit. The handle trim screws do not affect the performance of the car seat in the vehicle.
Questions About Recalls?:: 05-30-07
Consumers with questions about these or any other safety recall campaign should call NHTSA's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or check NHTSA's website, www.safercar.gov. http://www.safercar.gov.