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Car Seats Recalled for Not Meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

pohnjlio841azzoIt’s never a fun day for parents when your car seat is recalled. Dorel Juvenile USA is recalling more than 89,000 child safety seats because labels showing how to install them could be wrong. Over 21 different models are mentioned in the recall, including the popular Eddie Bauer and Safety First car seats. These seats that are supposed to keep your little one safe in a car crash aren’t fully complying with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

According to a press release, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the rear-facing belt path installation arrows are wrong and could cause the seats to be installed incorrectly. If that happens, a child could be hurt in a crash. The company says there haven’t been any incidents or injuries.

“The performance, crashworthiness, all of the structural integrity of the car seats are unaffected in any way by this recall,” company spokeswoman Julie Vallese said. Incorrect labels are to blame. The labels that are placed on car seats to make them easier for customers to use (and are not required by safety laws) were incorrect. However, installation information in the owner’s manuals is correct.

Worried your baby is sitting in one of these seats? Here is what you need to know.

  • Do NOT return the car seat to the retailer. If you are a registered owner, Dorel will notify you and send new labels for free. Owners may call Dorel using the Recall Hotline at 1-877-675-2355, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or visit www.djgusa.com for details. You can also email the company at rfbaselabel@djgusa.com to receive a free repair kit.
  • The seats were made from July 20, 2010 through May 18, 2011.
  •  As stated, the car seats are unaffected in anyway and no injuries have been reported. However, this isn’t something parents should ignore. In order to be effective, car seats MUST be installed properly.
  • The popular Eddie Bauer and Safety First seats affected include the convertible Alpha Omega Elite, Deluxe 3 in 1, Complete Air LX, and Complete Air SE. The following models are those affected:

22187ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REMA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SAR, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SARA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22465FSM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22790CGT, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC033BMT, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANK, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043AQS, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC046AAI, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046AAU, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046CTA, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046SNW, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046WPR, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC050AJH, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANY, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANZ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050AOQ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC051AIR, Safety 1st Complete Air SE

Safety first! Make sure you take the steps you need for your child’s safety. 

 Image via Dorel Group

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