In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Evenflo is recalling nearly 14,000 Maestro Combination Booster Seats “to address a crack that occurred in certain laboratory tests simulating a high-impact, frontal collision.” However, the recall is voluntary and “there have been no reports of this crack occurring in the field and no injuries have been reported.”
Guess who just bought an Evenflo Maestro Combination Booster Seat? Me! This is the first time I’ve ever been affected by a recall, and I have to say, it’s a bit disconcerting. Just a month ago, I was so excited that I’d chosen one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Best Bets” for booster seat safety. Now I’m dreading having to call for the appropriate replacement parts.
According to the company’s website, “The seat should not be used with children weighing under 40 pounds without the repair bracket. Children who weigh more than 40 pounds can continue to use the seat as a belt-positioning booster until the remedy kit arrives.” My daughter weighs about 40 pounds on the dot, so taking her to school tomorrow morning will feel unsettling, to say the least.
Model numbers affected by the recall include: 3101198, 3101980, 31011048, 31011049, and 31011059. (If you purchased the Maestro in Canada, the affected model number is 31011057C.) Company reps note that the model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label behind the seat above the highest shoulder belt slot. You know, the part that’s really hard to get to once your seat is harnessed into your car.
If you’ve been affected by this recall, call (U.S.) 800-233-5921 and (Canada) 800-265-0749 between 8 am and 5 pm ET or visit Evenflo’s recall site. You must have your model number available.