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800,000 Car Seats Recalled: How to Find Safety Ratings

By Heather Turgeon |

Car seat recall on Dorel Juvenile Group car seats

Costco infant seat, made by Dorel

As Madeline reported yesterday, there is a massive car seat recall underway. 800,000 of the Dorel Juvenile Group’s car seats (which include Costco, Quinny, Edie Bauer and more) are being recalled due to safety restraint problems.

The car seats’ harness “center front adjuster” allows the strap to slip out, which is bad news in the event of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has apparently known about these problems for years, but made the decision to recall the seats yesterday.

Here are more details on which models and dates are affected:

Also, if you’re in the market for a car seat or are wondering how your existing one stacks up in safety ratings, here’s how to find out:

The seats were made between May 2008 to April 2009. Models include Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Disney, Cosco and more.

Madeline has provided a link to the full list of recalled models.

Car seat safety resources:

Consumer Reports provides Car Seat Buying Advice, complete with safety ratings and crash testing results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates car seats for “ease of use” and says all seats included are up to safety standards (although their slow action on the current recall doesn’t instill much confidence).

Here is the American Academy of Pediatrics information on car seat safety for all ages.

Where do you go for car seat safety information?


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Heather Turgeon

Heather Turgeon is currently writing the book The Happy Sleeper (Penguin, 2014). She's a therapist-turned-writer who authors the Science of Kids column for Babble. A northeasterner at heart, Heather lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two little ones. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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One thought on “800,000 Car Seats Recalled: How to Find Safety Ratings

  1. Angry Mom says:

    As someone who likely has a car seat that is a part of this recall (packed away in storgage..time to dig it out), I am pretty upset to think that this information was known previously, but the recall was not issued until now. This is RIDICULOUS! Dorel should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to sell car seats that pose a possible danger to infants.

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