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RECALL: Child Car Seats

Approximately 800,000 infant, convertible, and booster child restraint systems, which were sold both as stand-alone seats, or as part of a travel system (with stroller).  The seats were manufactured by the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), but are sold under various brand names, including Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, and Cosco.

On the recalled seats, the harness locking/release button doesn’t always return to its locked position, which can allow the harness adjustment strap to slip back through the adjuster as the child moves around. This means that the harness can loosen, posing a potential danger to the child.

In a filing with N.H.T.S.A., Dorel said, “There have been no reports of center front adjuster failure in real world crashes, no injuries and no deaths reported to the company.”

The models affected were manufactured between May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009. To learn whether you own one of the seats affected by this recall, visit the Dorel Juvenile Group website for a list of model numbers. (To go directly to that page, click here: Dorel Safety Notice)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that registered owners will receive a free remedy kit. If you did not register your car seat, contact Dorel directly  by email (harnessadjustment@djgusa.com) or by phone (1-866-623-3139).

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