A maker of convertible, forward-facing and booster car seats is recalling 800,000 of its units sold between May 2008 and April 2009.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Dorel Juvenile Group’s car seats are being recalled due to safety restraint problems. The NHTSA has known about issues with the company’s seats for years now — we reported on it in 2009.
The Columbus, Ind., group says seats made during that time have a “Center Front Adjuster” for the harness, which can easily allow the strap to slip out rather than return to the locked-in position. This poses the risk of leaving the child unrestrained in the event of a sudden stop or crash.
All units that are part of the recall were manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009. Model numbers can be found on the bottom or side of each seat, each beginning with DJG and one of the following series of numbers:
22077, 22078, 22148, 22149, 22150, 22152, 22154, 22155, 22158, 22159, 22172, 22177, 22178, 22185, 22188, 22195, 22356, 22371, 22372, 22412, 22439, 22452, 22453, 22456, 22458, 22459, 22462, 22465, 22469, 22476, 22486, 22546, 22547, 22553, 22554, 22561, 22564, 22567, 22574, 22580, 22657, 22740, 22741, 22755, 22758, 22759, 22790, 22799, 22880, 22560, 22346, 17439, 22449, 22475, and IC072.
More information can be found at Safercar.gov.
If you sent in your registration card when you purchased your seat, and all information is current, you’ll receive a repair kit in the mail. Unregistered owners can contact the manufacturer at 1-866-623-3139 or via email at email@example.com.
The repair kit consists of a tube of non-toxic lubricant to be applied to the center front adjuster to prevent sticking and ensure it will lock in place. DJG will provide instructions in the kit, as well as a label that says the necessary repair has been made.
The NHTSA has been investigating these car seats for nearly a year. But a quick Google search turns up a number of recalls by the same company, including one in 2007 for adjustment strap issues.