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Just days after Consumer Reports issued its new safety ratings on newborn car seats, Evenflo has issued a voluntary recall on 7 of their child seat lines. The recall came after the company found that the harness crotch buckle on these car seats can become difficult to release over time.
The voluntary recall affects convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats produced between 2011 and 2014. The buckles on these seats can become sticky when food or other debris is dropped on it. This can make it harder for parents to quickly remove their children from dangerous situations such as after a car crash.
The Affected models are Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Snugli, SureRide, Symphony, Titan, Secure Kid. To see if your kid’s safety seat was affected, look up the model name and manufacturing date in this table provided by the manufacturer:
Evenflo has offered cleaning instructions which it says will alleviate the stickiness. The company is also offering replacement buckles for seats affected by the recall, which can be ordered on their website or by phone at 1-800-490-7591.
Graco also issued a recall in February 2014, for sticky buckles. That recall affected 11 models and as many as 3.7 million car safety seats. They also offer a free replacement buckle for affected car seats including Argos, Classic Ride, Comfort Sport, Redy Ride, Cozy Cline, Toddler SafeSeat – Step 2, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Size 70, Size4Me 70, Head Wise 70, Nautilus, and Smart Seat. Here is the list provided by Graco of the models and dates affected:
If you know someone who recently purchased a child safety seat, pass this information on to them. The consequences of not responding to this recall could be catastrophic should a child be stuck inside a burning vehicle. If you or someone you know has a child injured in an automobile accident, contact the No-Fault experts at Christensen Law for a consultation.