According to a piece in USA Today, the manufacturer is voluntarily issuing a recall for buckles on more than 1.3 million of their child car seats due to the “risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.”
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration reports that the buckles in question were attached to children’s convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2014.
The Ohio-based company issued the recall late last week.
The Evenflow Models included in the recall are:
The seats which may include the faulty buckles have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371, or 385.
According to the Evenflo website:
These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the convertible car seat or harnessed booster by toddlers. This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle. There is no such risk if the buckle is functioning normally. These convertible car seats and harnessed boosters meet all requirements for crashworthiness under the federal FMVSS 213 safety standard and can continue to be used to transport your child safely, if you are not experiencing difficulty unlatching the buckle. Importantly, Evenflo has received no reports of injuries to children in connection with the use of this buckle on the seats that are subject to this recall.
Evenflo is providing to consumers who own affected seats a remedy kit, free of charge, that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for the installing the new buckle.
So check your seats and please share this important information with other parents and child car seat users.
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