14. February 2011 12:11
Dorel Juvenile Group has voluntarily recalled nearly 800,000 car seats due to the harness release button not working properly, announced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If this button does not return to the locked position after harness adjustment, it will cause the harness to loosen after movement.Such loosening can cause risk of child becoming ejected from car seat in the event of a crash.
Dorel Juvenile Group manufactures brand names Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi, and Cosco. This recall affects infant car seats, booster seats, and convertible car seats sold separately or in travel systems during May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009.
No accident has been reported due to this issue, but the company is using caution to avoid any issue by educating parents and caregivers to check that the release button is locked before using their car seat. Consumers should also contact the company for a kit that contains lubricant to help with the sticking mechanism.
To find out if your car seat is involved, check the model numbers affected by this recall. If you have a car seat that is part of this recall, contact the manufacturer directly at 1-866-623-3139 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All owners of registered car seats will be notified directly by the company.