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February 26

Evenflo is recalling the Transitions 3-in-1 combination carseat because some children can reach the harness adjuster mechanism and loosen the harness while riding in the seat. This issue does not affect the structural integrity of the seat during a crash and there have been no reported injuries related to it. Carseats affected include model numbers 34411686, 34411695, and 34411029 all manufactured before January 29, 2016.

Evenflo will provide a free fix kit consisting of a new center front adjuster mechanism and replacement bottom pad. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver for this simple repair.

You can continue using your Transitions harnessed carseat until you receive the fix kit. Monitor your child to make sure they are not loosening the harness. If they loosen the harness, don't respond to discipline, and are over 40 lbs. and have the maturity, switch the carseat to booster mode until you receive the fix kit.

For more information on this recall of the Evenflo Transitions (not the similarly named Graco TranZitions), visit the recall page at www.transitions.evenflo.com or call 1-800-233-5921.

January 22

Graco is recalling some ComfortSport, Ready Ride, and Classic Ride convertible carseats manufactured from March 2014-February 2015. These carseats have information missing from a LABEL and this does NOT AFFECT performance of the carseats. Affected ComfortSport model numbers: 1794333, 1813040. Affected Ready Ride model numbers: 1924519, 1924520. Affected Classic Ride model number: 1812930. For more information, go to the 2016 Label Recall page or call Graco at 1-800-345-4109.

January 21

Britax is recalling certain models of the Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant seats because they may have a handle defect that causes a crack or cracks to develop around the grip. If the crack(s) lead to the handle breaking, the carrier can be dropped, which may potentially injure the infant. The fix is a bracket that attaches to the handle to reinforce it. You MAY CONTINUE to use the carrier in the vehicle. Outside the vehicle, carry the seat by the edges instead of the handle until you repair the handle with the fix kit. Affected models were manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. To see if your model is affected, please go to www.bsafe35recall.com. If you live outside the U.S. or Canada, please email Britax.Recall@britax.com.


September 15

Recaro is recalling some ProRIDE and Performance RIDE convertible carseats manufactured between April 9th, 2010-June 9th, 2015. When installed forward-facing using the tether, the restraint can crack in a crash, causing the tether to separate from the seat. To check and see if your carseat is affected, go to: recaropromotion.com/RIDErecallSept2015. For more information, go to: http://safetyandnews.recaropromotion.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RIDE-Recall-Notification-Letter-Sept-20151.pdf.


August 19

Recaro is recalling ProSport model 385 combination seats, manufactured from June 16, 2010-January 31, 2013. When the ProSport is installed with the lower LATCH anchors only, the child's head can move too far forward which can lead to injury. Attaching the top tether reduces this risk. The fix for the recall is a free label and a new set of instructions that Recaro will send to registered owners stating that use of the lower anchors is to be discontinued when the child reaches 40 lbs. Recaro has amended their instructions to allow use of the top tether to the weight limit stated in the vehicle owner's manual, if there is one (please see Recaro ProSport Recall). You can read more about the recall at the NTHSA recall website or call 888-973-2276.

July 1

Graco has expanded their buckle recall to certain infant seats manufactured through May 31, 2013. Models include: SnugRide and SnugRide Classic Connect, March 1, 2011-May 31, 2013; SnugRide 30 and SnugRide Classic Connect 30, July 1, 2010-Jan 31-2013; SnugRide 35 and SnugRide Classic Connect 35, May 1, 2011-Jan 31, 2013; SnugRide Click Connect 40, June 1, 2012-Dec 31, 2012; Aprica A30, July 1, 2011-April 30, 2012. Graco will ship a buckle to owners for free when they become available. You can visit their website or call 877-766-7470.

April 15

Baby Trend is recalling certain 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 combination carseats because the buckle can become stuck and it may be difficult to remove the child from the seat. This is the same buckle type used, and recalled, by Graco and Evenflo several weeks ago. Carseat models, manufactured from October 2011-July 2013 include: FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean). Baby Trend will ship a new buckle to consumers for free when they become available. You can visit their website or call 800-328-7363.

April 4

Evenflo is recalling several convertible and combination carseats because the buckle can become stuck and it may be difficult to remove the child from the seat. This is the same buckle type used, and recalled, by Graco several weeks ago. Carseats, manufactured from August 2011-March 2014 include: Chase/Chase LX/Chase DLX/Chase Select, Maestro/Maestro Performance, Momentrum 65/Momentum 65 LX/Momentum 65 DLX, Secure Kid LX/Secure Kid DLX/Secure Kid 100/Secure Kid 300/Secure Kid 400/Snugli Booster, Symphony 65/Symphony 65 E3/Symphony LX/Symphony DLX/Snugli All-in-One, SureRide DLX, Titan 65. Evenflo will ship a new buckle to consumers for free. You can visit their website or call 800-490-7591.

March 13

Graco is adding several more child restraint models to the February 11 recall listed below. The seats, manufactured from 2006 through July 2014, include: Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. The buckle can become stuck and it may be difficult to remove the child from the seat. Graco will ship a new buckle to consumers for free. You can visit their website or call 800-345-4109 or 330-869-7225.

February 11, 2014

Graco is recalling Argos 70, Classic Ride 50, Comfort Sport, Cozy Cline, Head Wise 70, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, Size4Me 70, and Smart Seat child restraint systems manufactured from 2009 through July 2013. The buckle can become stuck and it may be difficult to remove the child from the seat. Graco will ship a new buckle to consumers for free. You can visit their website or call 800-345-4109.


September 13, 2013

Dorel is recalling some Complete Air LX (models CC050xxx), Safety 1st Complete Air SE (models CC051xxx), and Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (models 22187xxx , 22465xxx ,CC033xxx , and CC046xxx), and Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1 convertible (models 22790xxx , and CC046xxx) child restraint systems manufactured from July 20, 2010, through May 18, 2011. The rear-facing belt path label could be confusing to parents who might think that it's pointing to the forward-facing belt path. Dorel will be shipping new labels to registered owners or you can visit their website and click on the Safety Notices button.


November 6

Britax is recalling the Advocate 70 G3, the Boulevard 70 G3, and the Pavilion 70 G3 convertible carseats manufactured between June 11, 2012-August 31, 2012. Children can bite off pieces of the HUGS pads and choke on the pieces. Model numbers include: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y. The HUGS pads may be removed until replacement HUGS are received and the carseat may continue to be used. HUGS are optional rear-facing, but required for forward-facing. G3 models have been tested forward-facing without HUGS pads, but perform testing better with them. For more information, see Britax's recall page or call Britax at 888-427-4829.

October 1

Graco has now tested all the handle positions on *all* their infant seats, including older models, and has determined that they're all fine to use in the car. No need to try to remember which one of positions can't be used in the car--use any of them. Extra handy is to just keep the handle up! Canadians, remember to always keep the handle in the up position to meet your anti-rebound requirements. See Graco's FAQ page.

May 5

Dorel is recalling certain OnBoard 35 and Comfy Carry infant seats sold without the separate bases. The infant seats lack the required LATCH straps and fail to conform to FMVSS 213 standards that require all carseats to have LATCH systems attached to the seat (or base) in some manner. Models affected are IC124FSM (OnBoard) and IC123FSM (Comfy Carry) manufactured between May 2011 and April 2012. Contact Dorel at 1-877-416-8111 or by email at infantlatchrecall@djgusa.com . These infant seats may continue to be used; make sure to install using the vehicle seatbelt with less than 1" of movement at the belt path. For more information, see the recall notice.

January 27, 2012

Britax is recalling the Chaperone infant seat because the harness adjuster may not be properly riveted to the carseat shell. If the adjuster isn't secured correctly, it may leave the harness loose, which could cause injury or death to a child. If the adjuster detaches, stop using the carseat and contact Britax. All Chaperone seats made between September 1, 2010, and April 30, 2011, are included in the recall campaign. Model numbers include: E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L, E9L692M. Britax will be shipping a fix kit to registered owners by February 6, 2012. For more information, see the Britax USA advisory notice.


October 13

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has once again released its ratings of 62 belt positioning booster seats. Thirty-one boosters were rated "Best Bets" for fitting a 4-8 year old child. Engineers assessed each booster using a 6 year old dummy weighing 51.6 lbs. with a seated height of 25". The boosters were scored for lap belt fit and shoulder belt fit. The report can be found here. For more commentary and to leave your opinion, visit CarseatBlog.com. Ultimately, the best booster for your child fits your vehicle well (look for how the shoulder belt guides work with your shoulder belt), your child well (look for a lap belt low across the thighs and a shoulder belt across the collarbone), and your budget.

September 24

Cybex has been able to work it so that the Aton infant seat will continue to be sold in the U.S. That's great news for folks who want the innovative seat.

September 13

Cybex is pulling its carseats, the Aton infant seat and the Solution X-fix booster seat, from the American market due to cost concerns.

Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products is now operating under a new name: Diono (pronounced dee-oh-no). They have redesigned their Radian products to be used as booster seats when the harness is outgrown. The new Radians are the R100 (rf 5-40 lbs., ff 20-65 lbs., booster 50-100 lbs.), the R120 (rf 5-45 lbs., ff 20-80 lbs., booster 50-100 lbs.), and the RXT (rf 5-45 lbs., ff 20-80 lbs., booster 50-100 lbs.). The Monterey is still available as their highback booster and the Santa Fe as their backless model.

March 21

The American Academy of Pediatrics, as expected, has released its new policy statement recommending that rear-facing to age 2 and to the weight and height limits of a convertible carseat is safest and reduces injury. All pediatricians should now follow this policy.

March 20

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updated its rear-facing advice for children today and the American Academy of Pediatrics is expected to release its recommendations on Monday, March 21, stating that rear-facing to age 2 is best practice instead of the old advice of rear-facing to age 1 and 20 lbs. It has been shown that rear-facing to the weight and height limits of a convertible carseat is safest and reduces injury.

February 14

Dorel is recalling 794,247 carseats in the U.S. and Canada because the harness can remain loose after adjusting the center front adjuster. The problem occurs after the front strap is pulled and the adjuster lever doesn't return to the locked position. Carseats affected were manufactured from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009, and include infant, convertible, and combination seats (harnessed seats that convert to booster seats). Infant seats were sold as individual units or in combination with strollers as a travel system. As a remedy, Dorel will be providing registered consumers a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant and instructions on where to apply the lube. If you own one of the affected seats, you may continue using it; just make sure that the harness remains tight after adjustment and the adjuster lever is in the locked position by pressing on it.

For more information, contact Dorel at 1-866-623-3139 or via email at harnessadjustment@djgusa.com. You may read more about the recall at the NHTSA website or at safercar.gov. Canadians can read about the recall on the Transport Canada website.

Models affected include: 17439, IC072 = infant carrier, 22077 = surefit, 22078 = onBoard, 22148 = AOE, 22149 = AOE, 22150 = AO/3 in 1, 22152 = AO/3 in 1, 22154 = EB 3 in 1, 22155 = AOE, 22158 = AOE, 22159 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22172 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22177 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb, 22178 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb, 22185 = Alpha Omega 3-in-1, 22188 = AOE, 22195 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22346, 22356 = OnBoard, 22371 = Mico, 22372 = Mico, 22412 = Designer 22, 22439, 22449 = Safety 1st Avenue, 22452 = 3 in 1, 22453 = 3 in 1, 22456= Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22458 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22459 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22462 = Safety 1st Alpha Luxe Echelon 3 in 1, 22465 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22469 = Safety 1st 3 in 1, 22475 = Uptown, 22476 = Priori , 22486 = Priori, 22546 = Vantage, 22547 = Vantage, 22553 = Vantage, 22554 = Vantage, 22560 = Safety 1st combo, 22561 = Designer 22, 22564 = Vantage, 22567 = Vantage, 22574 = Vantage, 22580 = Prospect, 22657 = EB infant seat, 22740 = EB 3 in 1, 22741 = some 3 in 1, 22755 = EB 3 in 1, 22758 = EB 3 in 1 , 22759 = EB 3 in 1, 22790 = EB 3 in 1, 22799 = AOE, 22880 = EB Combo, 93-560 = Vantage combo


October 29

Britax is recalling the Chaperone infant seat due to chest clips that may break when in use. Britax received complaints that the clips were breaking when being closed. There is a risk of skin laceration and/or a choking hazard. All Chaperone seats made between April 2009 and May 2010 are included in the recall campaign. This includes Canadian models. Model numbers include: E9L69N9 (Moonstone), E9L69P2 (Red Mill), E9L69P3 (Savannah), E9L69P5 (Cowmooflage). Britax is prepared to make replacement chest clips kits available to consumers and retailers soon. For more information, see the Britax USA advisory notice.

October 15

Evenflo is recalling Maestro combination seats manufactured for both the U.S. and Canada. Affected U.S. models were manufactured between November 24, 2009, and April 9, 2010, and model numbers are: 3101198, 3101980, 31011048, 31011049, and 31011059. Canadian Maestro combo seats being recalled were manufactured between December 17, 2009, and April 26, 2010. The affected Canadian model number is 31011057C. In testing, these seats may crack near the harness adjuster assembly leaving the child unprotected. Evenflo recommends not using the seat for children under 40 lbs. and for children over 40 lbs., using the seat as a belt positioning booster until the repair bracket is received and installed. For more information, visit Evenflo's recall web page or call 800-233-5921.

September 8

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its ratings today of 72 belt positioning booster seats. Engineers assessed each booster using a 6 year old dummy weighing 51.6 lbs. with a seated height of 25". The boosters were scored for lap belt fit and shoulder belt fit. The report can be found here. For more commentary and to leave your opinion, visit CarseatBlog.com. Ultimately, the best booster for your child fits your vehicle well (look for how the shoulder belt guides work with your shoulder belt), your child well, and your budget.

July 28

Regal Lager is recalling Cybex Solution X-Fix belt positioning boosters manufactured during February, 2010. The instruction manual and a warning label on the seat don't follow Regal Lager's recommendation that an unoccupied booster always be secured with a vehicle seatbelt. The recall campaign will begin on or around August 10, 2010, and registered owners will receive a new manual and sticker from Regal Lager. For more information, go to the Regal Lager recall site. You can also call 800-593-5522.

June 28

Britax has redesigned their entire convertible carseat line to include new technology and slightly higher weight limits for both rear-facing (now to 40 lbs.) and forward-facing (Roundabout to 55 lbs., all other "bigger" Britax convertibles to 70 lbs.). For more information, visit CarseatBlog.com at http://carseatblog.com/?p=6436. The new carseats will be available for sale in August 2010.

February 5

Dorel is recalling some Maxi-Cosi Mico infant carseats because the infant seat may not securely attach to the base. The seats were manufactured between February 18, 2008-June 28, 2008. Model numbers for infant seats are 22-371 HFL, JUC, LMD, PNG, AND ORE, and for bases are 22-515 BLK. For more information about the recall, visit Dorel's recall page or call 1-877-657-9546.

January 16

NHTSA is recalling some Cosco and Eddie Bauer carseats because the tether webbing fails the abrasion requirements of FMVSS 213. The seats were manufactured between January 1, 2000-September 30, 2001. If the tether is exposed to excessive abrasion and degrades, it could fail in a crash. Dorel, the parent company of Cosco and Eddie Bauer, is expected to start a recall campaign around February 2, 2010, and will send out replacement tethers to registered owners of the carseats. However, the majority of these seats expired in either 2007 or 2008, with the latest Alpha Omega/3-in-1 carseats expiring in 2009. These carseats should not be in use. For more information about the recall, visit the NHTSA recall page.The report can be found on NHTSA's recall page.

January 16, 2010

NHTSA is recalling some Cosco carseats because the sun may cause damage to the harness. UV stabilizer used on the webbing of the harness may not protect it from deterioration from the sun. The seats were manufactured between March 15, 2002-August 1, 2002. If the harness degrades more than allowed, it could fail in a crash. Dorel, the parent company of Cosco, is expected to start a recall campaign around February 2, 2010, and will send out replacement harnesses to registered owners of the carseats. However, these seats expired in 2008. These carseats should not be in use. For more information about the recall, visit the NHTSA recall page.The report can be found on NHTSA's recall page.


December 22

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its ratings today of belt positioning booster seats. Engineers assessed each booster using a 6 year old dummy weighing 51.6 lbs. with a seated height of 25". The boosters were scored for lap belt fit and shoulder belt fit. The report can be found here. For more commentary and to leave your opinion, visit CarseatBlog.com. Ultimately, the best booster for your child fits your vehicle well, your child well, and your budget.

December 18

NHTSA, CPSC, and Dorel Juvenile Group are recalling Dorel infant seats because the handle can loosen and fall off when the seat is used as a carrier. Seats include Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer, and Disney branded infant seats manufactured between January 6, 2008-April 6, 2009, sold with travel systems. For model numbers (look on your infant seat label) and more information on the recall, click here or call Dorel at 866-762-3316. The infant seats are safe to use installed in vehicles; do not carry by handle until free repair kit has been installed. To further reduce chance of injury should the handle fail, keep infant properly restrained by the harness whenever the child is in the seat. This recall falls under CPSC jurisdiction because it involves the carry handle and does not affect the safety of the carseat when it is used in a vehicle.

November 20

Evenflo is recalling First Choice infant seats, model # 3604098, manufactured between January 16-September 29, 2009, because a label was left off the seat. The label contained information on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and FAA certification, as well as contact information for Evenflo and NHTSA. Evenflo will mail labels to owners with placement instructions. The seat is safe to use. For more information on the recall, click here or call Evenflo at 800-233-5921.

October 28

Lerado is recalling miaModa Viva and Viva Supreme infant carseats. Model numbers include 5000, 5050, 5070, 5080 (on infant carrier label), and the base only model number 5001, 5051, 5071, 5081 (on base label). The harness splitter plate, which holds both harness straps on the back of the seat, has sharp edges which can cut the harness. Also, the base can crack in a crash. Owners should stop using the infant seat and base and switch to a different carseat. Lerado is providing full refunds. For more information on the recall, click here or call miaModa at 1-877-546-8437.

July 24

Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling Maxi-Cosi Mico infant carseats manufactured between July 2007-February 17, 2008. Model numbers include 22-371 and 22-372 (on infant carrier label), and the base only model number 22-515 (on base label). The base could have a defect causing the carrier to not connect properly to the base resulting in injury to the child in a crash. Dorel will replace the Mico base for free. For more information on the recall, click here or call Dorel at 1-877-657-9546.

May 21

Triple Play Products is recalling Sit 'n' Stroll convertible carseats manufactured on May 5, 2008. carseats have the model number 4002. The webbing used in the harness adjuster strap doesn't meet federal safety standards and can break, causing the child to not be properly restrained and potentially injured in a crash. Triple Play will notify registered owners and provide a free replacement kit for the adjuster strap. Until repair kit is received, use an alternative 5-point harness convertible seat for your child. For more information on the recall, click here or call Triple Play at 1-800-829-1625.

April 24

Team-Tex is recalling Baby Ride infant seats, model number 374199, manufactured on December 18, 2008. The seat belt routing label with the "horizontal reference line" is incorrectly placed on the child restraint. Team-Tex will notify registered owners and mail new labels with instructions for correct placement of label. In the meantime, read instruction manual for proper belt path use. For more information on the recall, click here or call Team-Tex at 877-912-1313.

April 2

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends in a new article in its magazine, "AAP News," that children should remain rear-facing until age 2 or until the maximum rear-facing weight and height limit is reached for the child's convertible carseat (remember that the height listed on the label is a guideline and most manufacturer's recommend having at least an inch (1") of carseat shell above the child's head when rear-facing).

The last policy recommendation made by the AAP was in 2002 when it recommended children remain rear-facing until the minimum of age 1 AND 20 lbs. or until the maximum rear-facing weight and height limit is reached for the child's convertible carseat. This information is now outdated. Studies have shown that rear-facing is 5 times safer for toddlers through age 2. For more information on rear-facing, see the Rear-Facing Is Safest page.

March 4

Recaro is recalling all Signo convertible carseats manufactured between February and September 2008. The harness adjuster strap may slip through the metal adjuster lever (called the A Lock) leaving the harness loose, which could cause injury in a crash. Recaro will replace defective seats. For more information, visit the NHTSA recall page or contact Recaro at 1-888-473-2290.

March 1

The Chicago Tribune published an article in which it released information about infant seats separating from their bases in vehicle crash tests at 35 mph. The crash tests were performed as part of the NCAP testing of new vehicles by NHTSA and is not the type of crash testing undergone by carseats. carseats are tested on a sled bench seat at 30 mph, a test that's more severe than 98% of crashes in the U.S. Videos released by the newspaper showed some infant seats separating from their bases and those that didn't separate, rebounding into the back seat. Read more discussion about the article and the repercussions at CarseatBlog.com.

What can you do to make sure your child is as safe as possible? Make sure your infant seat is securely attached into the base. Remove any blankets from the edges of the seat and clear out any debris off the back seat. Listen for the clicks the seat makes as it attaches to the base and pull up on it to double-check.

Tighten your child's harness. It should be snug as a hug. You won't squish your child and a snug harness will keep your child safely in the seat and won't allow him to fly up and out in a crash.

Install the base securely according to instructions. Use the lower LATCH anchors only where allowed and if you're not sure, use the seat belt instead. If you don't trust your base any more, you can install most infant seats without the base (check your instruction manual/labels to see if this is allowed) or switch to using a rear-facing convertible.

Rebounding looks scary, but the force of the crash occurs as the seat is going down toward the front of the vehicle in a frontal crash. The forces on rebound are much less and we just aren't seeing children injured because of it. You should NOT turn your child forward-facing before age 2 AND 30 lbs. because of rebounding and should continue to consider keeping your child rear-facing to the limits of a large convertible seat.

January 9

Peg Perego is recalling the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 infant seat manufactured between July 1, 2007 and March 14, 2008. A sharp edge on the plastic near the harness adjuster strap could cause cuts or scratches on the legs or feet of bare-footed infants. There have been at least 91 injuries. Peg Perego will provide a free repair kit to registered owners. For more information, visit www.pegperego.com or call Peg at 1-800-671-1701.

January 8, 2009

On January 6, Ohio's governor signed into law a new child passenger safety law. The new law amends the old one requiring children between the ages of 4-8 to ride in booster seats. The current law states: children ages 0-3 or less than 40 lbs. are required to be in a carseat; children ages 7 and under and less than 4'9" are required to be in an age appropriate restraint; children ages 8-15 are required to use a booster or seat belt. For more information on the law, visit www.boostohiokids.org/booster_seat_law/current.htm.


December 12

Britax is issuing a recall for the Frontier combination seat manufactured between April 1, 2008-September 14, 2008 for model numbers E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7 and E9L54M6. For model number E9L5490, manufacture dates are between April 1, 2008-September 17, 2008. If the harness straps are loosened by pulling one strap at a time, the harness strap may detach from the splitter plate (referred to as a metal yoke in the instruction manual). Britax will mail to registered owners rubber caps to place on the ends of the splitter plate to prevent the harness from detaching. The seat may continue to be used as long as the harness is completely attached to the splitter plate and doesn't come loose when pulled snug. For more information on the recall, visit www.FrontierRecall.com.

December 9

Graco is recalling the Frazier version of the ComfortSport because a body pillow included with the seat partially obscures the airbag warning label on the cover. Federal safety standards require that the label be seen at all times. Models included in the recall were manufactured between November 1, 2006 and October 8, 2007 and have the model numbers of 8C04FRR and 8C04FRR2. Because the pillow is provide for comfort only and not for safety reasons, owners of the seat should throw away the pillow. For a picture of the Frazier ComfortSport and more details on the recall, visit the Graco web site.

October 1

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute evaluated belt positioning booster seats and released their findings on which seats they deemed best fits for a 6 year old dummy. What they found was that many well-known boosters provided a sub-par fit on the dummy: the lap portion of the seat belt rested too high on the soft belly and/or the shoulder portion of the seat belt rested either too far off the side of the shoulder or across the neck. The main point of the study is that it's not enough to grab any booster off the store shelf and assume it will work: a parent/caregiver must fit the booster to the vehicle, the child, and the budget, just like a harnessed carseat. See CarseatBlog.com for more detailed instructions on how to choose a belt positioning booster. IIHS Status Report on booster seats | IIHS booster seat evaluations | Safe Kids USA response to report

June 26

Baby Trend is recalling all Rigid Latch-Loc infant seats and the base that was sold separately. Model numbers include 6400, 6439, 6448, 6481, AND 6484. Incorrect steel was used on the LATCH connector pawl, which can allow the pawl to crack. In a severe crash, the base can detach from the vehicle's LATCH anchors and not provide protection for the infant. Baby Trend will replace the base for free. Owners can contact Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363. For more information, click here.

June 2

Chicco is recalling the base only for the KeyFit and KeyFit 30 infant seats manufactured between February 26, 2008 and March 17, 2008. Serial numbers affected include: 08 02 26 xxxx, 08 03 07 xxxx, 08 03 15 xxxx, 08 02 29 xxxx, 08 03 08 xxxx, 08 03 16 xxxx, 08 03 04 xxxx, 08 03 10 xxxx, 08 03 17 xxxx, 08 03 05 xxxx, 08 03 12 xxxx, 08 03 06 xxxx, or 08 03 14 xxxx. When LATCH is used to install the base, the webbing can slip through the adjustment lock causing the restraint to move excessively in a crash. If your base is affected by the recall, discontinue using LATCH and install the base using the vehicle seat belt. Chicco will replace recalled bases. For more information, click here.

May 2

Toyota is recalling the 2008 Highlander because rear-facing carseats cannot be safely secured with the seat belts in the 3rd seating row. Toyota will notify owners in June and will repair the seat belts for free. For more information, click here.

April 1

The Evenflo Discovery infant seat manufactured on February 4, 2008 only has been recalled. Model numbers affected include 3021769Z and 3021854Z. Some seats may have been shipped without the red handle on the back of the seat being completely assembled. This could lead to the seat separating from the base in a crash. Seats were sold at Target or Wal-Mart between March 11-21, 2008. Evenflo is replacing these seats. For more information, click here.

March 18

Graco has issued a recall for the CarGo combination carseats manufactured between January 9, 2007 through March 3, 2008. Affected model numbers include: 8487BELI, 8487SMP, 8487WBR, 8686ROS, 8689FAR, 8D01ZPH, 8D02SYC, 8D03WIK, 8D04SDN, 8D05NWY, 8D10CCE. Graco discovered that a label on the back of the carseats have an incorrect phone number for the NHTSA Hotline telephone number. The correct Hotline number is 1-888-327-4236. The number printed in the owner's manual is correct. Graco is sending a kit including a new label to all registered owners. For more information, click here.

March 3

Combi has issued a recall for Centre, Centre ARB, and Shuttle infant carseats manufactured between October 2005 and December 2007. Combi, NHTSA, and Transport Canada have discovered that the infant seats may separate from their bases during rigorous frontal crash testing. Model numbers include individual seats 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087, and 8520 and travel system model numbers 4400, 4515, 4520. No injuries have been reported. Until you receive a free retrofit kit, you should use the seat without the base. For more information, click here or call 1-800-543-7734.

February 23

Recaro has issued a recall for all Como and Signoconvertible carseats manufactured before December 18, 2007. The harness may come off the metal splitter plate on the back of the seat during use. This could leave your child unprotected in a crash. Registered owners will receive a free repair kit that includes 2 rubber caps that will close the gaps on the splitter plate that allow the harness to slip off. There have been no reported injuries. For more information, click here or call 1-800-8-RECARO.

February 1

Evenflo has issued a recall for the Discovery infant seat manufactured beginning in April 2005. Model numbers affected include: 390, 391, 534, 552. The carseat could separate from the base in a high speed side impact crash. Registered owners will receive a free repair kit that includes dual-hook fasteners to keep the seat attached to the base. Future models with enhanced fasteners will be available for retail beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2008. For more information, click here or call 800-356-2229. Parents can continue to use the seat until the repair kit is received.

January 30

NHTSA came out with its annual child safety seat Ease of Use Ratings. This year, in an attempt to make it clearer for parents to understand, they’ve dropped the A, B, C grading system in favor of a 5-star grading system. Safety seats are evaluated on ease of use features, such as vehicle installation features and securing the child, and also on quality of the instructions and labeling. To see the ratings, go to the NHTSA web site. Remember that the best carseat is the one that fits your vehicle with less than 1” of movement when you tug at the belt path, fits your child the best, and has the features that make the seat easy for you to use each ride. To see a list of commonly recommended seats, visit the list of Recommended Carseats.


December 21

Dorel has issued a recall for the Touriva and Regal Ride convertible carseats manufactured September 28, 2004 through September 20, 2007. Models affected include: Cosco® Touriva: 22100TTD, 22100FSM, 22100TIP, 22111FSM, 22130WAL, 93100FSM, 93111FSM; Cosco Regal RideTM: 22139MON. The elastic straps holding the cover to the plastic shell can come loose, allowing the child to loop them around parts of his body. Registered owners will receive a free repair kit. For more information, click here or call 888-698-6681.

Recaro is recalling all Como convertible carseats manufactured before 9/17/07. The forward-facing shoulder belt guide, previously called lockoff, may allow the seat belt to slide freely through. For a free locking clip, call Recaro at 800-8-RECARO or email at childseats@recarousa.com . Click here for more information.

November 20

Graco has issued a recall for the SnugRide infant carseat manufactured between 8/1/06 and 6/30/07. These seats were sold separately from a travel system. The backing of the seat pad may deteriorate and be pulled off by the child riding in the seat, posing a choking hazard. Affected models include: 8616FOF3, 8643DDH2, 8643DDH3, 8643CDR2, 8643DH03, 8643SUP2, 8643SUP3, 8643JOS2, 8643JOS3, 8643MDW3, 8643PWC3, 8643SFJ3, 8645FMT2, 8645FMT3, 8645GLM3, 8645GLN3, 8645HEM2, 8645HEM3, 8645MYC2, 8646SML3, 8645MYC3, 8645MRG3, 8645PKR2, 8645SNY2, 8646SND2, 8645THR2, 8645THR3, 8646FIE2, 8646FIE3, 8646GRT3, 8646RRY3, 8609FOF3, 8609FOF2, 8616FOF2. Graco will send a repair kit to registered owners. For more information, click here.

November 17

miaModa has issued a recall for the Viva infant restraint system and separately sold Viva base. When installed with LATCH, in certain situations, the LATCH adjuster can interfere with the infant carrier attaching to the base. miaModa is sending out repair kits to registered owners. The restraint can continue to be used as a carrier alone or when installed with the vehicle belt. For more information, click here or call their hotline at 1-866-642-6632, though on 11/17/07, no information regarding the recall was on their web site.

November 7

Britax has issued a consumer advisory for the Companion to clarify information given in the instruction manual. This advisory affects all models made before November 1, 2007. First, the inner buckle strap position should be used for infants weighing less than 11 lbs. Once the child reaches 11 lbs., the buckle strap must be moved to the outer position. It can be moved to the outer position before the child reaches 11 lbs. for comfort reasons if necessary. Second, a child has outgrown the Companion when the top of the head is less than 1" from the top of the carseat or the child's height reaches 30". For more information, click here.

October 19

Britax is recalling the Marathon because the top tether hook may open in a crash if the child weighs above 50 lbs.  Restraints were manufactured between May 23, 2006 through July 28, 2006 and model numbers affected are E9L06, E9W06, and E906.  The top tether lot number is KGR 01 A.  Britax will send all registered owners a top tether hook replacement.  There have been no reports of injuries.  For more information, click here.

October 3

Dorel is recalling the Comfort infant seat because handle trim screws can loosen, resulting in a choking hazard for children.  No injuries have been reported so far.  Parents and caregivers should continue to use the seat until a repair kit is received.  Models affected include: Alpha Elite Comfort Infant Car Seat model numbers 22331 BLA and 22332 RLA, and the  Eddie Bauer Comfort Infant Car Seat model numbers 22631 LNG, 22630 AFD, 22630 BAL, 22630 FTM, 22630 HPN, 22630 LRS, and 22630 LKM.  The 22630 models are part of the 01726 Eddie Bauer Integrated Travel System.  For more information, click here.

August 31

Britax is recalling the Boulevard convertible seat model E9L57.  Models affected include those manufactured between March 1, 2006 and August 1, 2006.  During testing, the tether hook opened which fails to conform to the dynamic performance and child restraint system integrity requirements of FMVSS 213. If the top tether hook opens during a crash, the child restraint could change from an upright to a reclined position increasing the risk of injury to the child.  Registered owners will automatically receive labels along with instructions advising caregivers to discontinue use of the top tether when the child reaches 50 lbs.  For more information, click here.

August 23

Graco has recalled ComfortSport convertible seats manufactured between 1/2/2007 - 7/31/2007.  Models affected include: 8629TWL, 8631DFT, 8631DRA, 8632PSO, 8635TAC, 8639COS, 8C00BLG, 8C00DMN, 8C00GRP, 8C00LNW, 8C00MID, 8C00TMB, 8C01SVD, 8C01WTN, 8C02MGI, 8C02MRC, 8C03HAL, 8C03WCF, 8C04FRR, 8433FOF, 8630MTR.  On the affected seats, the attached LATCH strap was routed behind the shoulder portion of the harness instead of under the lap portion of the harness.  This could cause problems for a rear-facing child in a crash by allowing the seat to over-rotate.  Instructions will be mailed or emailed to all registered owners.  Owners can also obtain instructions on how to reroute the lower LATCH strap by clicking here.  Until the problem is corrected, stop using the lower LATCH strap for installation for rear-facing and use the vehicle seat belt.  For more information on the recall, click here.

August 16

Britax has recalled Decathlon convertible seats, model number E9L47, manufactured between February 12, 2005 through July 31, 2007.  When the harness adjuster strap is pulled from the side, the bezel may separate from the shell, allowing the adjuster to move out of position.  While the harness is properly adjusted on the child, the bezel and adjuster won't move out of position.  There have been no reported accidents or injuries.  Britax is sending 2 push rivets that should take less than 5 minutes to install on the bottom of the adjuster assembly.  For direct information on the recall, click here or go to the Britax web site.

July 9

Britax has issued a consumer advisory for all Regents manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007.  Model numbers begin with E9L39.  A product update kit, which includes a revised user guide, belt-routing label to be applied over the existing label located on the fabric cover, a longer LATCH connector strap, and adhesive slip-resistant strips, will be mailed to registered owners.  Product update kits will begin shipping to owners on or before July 10, 2007.  Until the kit is received, owners of the seat should follow directions on the Britax web site to reinstall their seats based on the new installation instructions.  For frequently asked questions, click here.

July 3

Britax has released a new version of instructions to go along with its Regent manufactured on or after 6/18/07.  Any Regents with a date of manufacture (DOM) of that date or later should use the new instructions for installation as they are quite different than the previous installation instructions.  Regents with an earlier DOM should use the older manual unless otherwise specified.  Instruction manuals for all Britax products may be found here.

May 10

NHTSA, the CPSC, and Evenflo is recalling the Embrace infant seat because the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to flip and toss the baby onto the ground.  There have been 679 reports of the handle on the carseat/carriers unexpectedly releasing, injuring 160 children. These injuries include a skull fracture, two concussions, cuts, scrapes and bruises.  Models affected were manufactured before April 8, 2006, and begin with the numbers: 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599.  For more information on the recall, contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7497 or click here.  Because this issue affects the handle only and how the seat is used as a carrier, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is also issuing the recall.

March 30

A child passenger safety technician on her way home from a safety conference (the Lifesavers Conference) was forced by a US Airways flight attendant to gate check her infant seat and hold her 7 month old baby on the last leg of her trip, even though she had bought the baby his own ticket.  The flight attendant insisted a rear-facing child seat was not allowed to be used on the plane, going against FAA and US Airways regulations (Rear-facing child restraints are allowed on front-facing airplane seats.  The confusion comes from FAs misunderstanding the regulations that child restraints are not allowed on rear-facing airplane seats, like those the FAs sit on during take-off and landing.).  US Airways reimbursed the tech for her baby's ticket price and for the infant seat, which could have been damaged in the cargo hold during the plane flight.  The infant seat was donated to a child passenger safety training program.  To read more about the story, click here.  For links on air travel with children, click here.

March 26

Lifesavers news: Britax has discontinued production of the Fisher Price line of carseats.  Britax representatives report that retailers were hesitant to stock the products on their shelves because they felt consumers expected more from a "Britax" product.  Evenflo will be introducing a new Triumph and Titan recertified to 50 lbs.  The weight limits will not be retroactive to older seats.  Evenflo also now allows all their seats to be used next to side curtain airbags.

March 9

Britax is recalling the Regent Classic cover because of an incorrect label applied to the cover.  The model number affected is E9L3998 and was manufactured between December 18, 2006, through January 18, 2007.  If you own this seat with this cover made during this time and have registered your seat, Britax will send you a new cover.  If you haven't registered the seat, call Britax at 1-888-4Britax or email them the model number, the date of manufacture, and your address to regentcoverreplacement@britaxusa.com .  For more information, click here.

February 10

Compass is recalling the I420 because the crotch strap anchor, located on the bottom of the carseat, can come dislodged and not secure a child in a crash.  Models affected include: I420 ARD, I420 FUO, I420 MAR, and were manufactured from 5/7/06-5/15/06.  For more information on the recall, call Compass at 1-888-899-2229.  You can fix the anchor with help from print instructions here or video instructions here in Windows media format or here in QuickTime format.

January 18

Consumer Reports is retracting its February 2007 report on infant seats.  CR acknowledged that the crash tests represented speeds that were nearly twice what the magazine claimed.  For more information, click here.

January 5, 2007

Consumer Reports released a report on infant seats that failed 10 of 12 seats it tested.  CR crash tested the seats at speeds higher than the federal crash test speed for carseats and used a side impact test that isn't done on carseats in the U.S.  If you'd like to read the article, click here.  To read CarSeatSite.com's response to the article, click here.


December 18, 2006

A memorial video made by a parent that has over a million hits has created concern over seat belt failure.  It's caused a rush to buy higher weight limit harnessed seats and has many wondering if they should be using the lower LATCH anchors in their vehicles instead of the vehicle seat belt.  SafetyBeltSafe USA researched seat belt failure from NHTSA's Crashworthiness Data System (CDS), whose data is representative for crashes in the US, for children and found that it is very rare, happening perhaps once or twice a year.  Over the past 8 years, seat belt failure was at .05% for children 14 and under with causes ranging from destruction of the seat belt to flailing arms and legs, etc.  Harnessing for as long as possible in appropriate seats is the safest thing to do, but remember that lower LATCH anchors and the lower LATCH connectors on carseats have weight limits that must be followed.  For more SafetyBeltSafe USA information and safety tips, click here.

November 22

Dorel is recalling the Comfort infant seat because handle trim screws can loosen, resulting in a choking hazard for children.  No injuries have been reported so far.  Parents and caregivers should continue to use the seat until a repair kit is received.  Models affected include: Alpha Elite Comfort Infant Car Seat model numbers 22331 BLA and 22332 RLA, and the  Eddie Bauer Comfort Infant Car Seat model numbers 22631 LNG, 22630 AFD, 22630 BAL, 22630 FTM, 22630 HPN, 22630 LRS, and 22630 LKM.  The 22630 models are part of the 01726 Eddie Bauer Integrated Travel System.  For more information, click here.

Britax is recalling the Boulevard convertible seat model E9L57.  Models affected include those manufactured between March 1, 2006 and August 1, 2006.  During testing, the tether hook opened which fails to conform to the dynamic performance and child restraint system integrity requirements of FMVSS 213. If the top tether hook opens during a crash, the child restraint could change from an upright to a reclined position increasing the risk of injury to the child.  Registered owners will automatically receive labels along with instructions advising caregivers to discontinue use of the top tether when the child reaches 50 lbs.  For more information, click here.

September 29

Britax is recalling the Companion infant seat, model E9L14,  because of incorrect assembly of the seat.  Models affected include those manufactured between October 31, 2003 - June 6, 2004 only.  To check if your seat has the defect, click here.  If your seat is recalled, Britax will replace the seat and base free of charge.  For more information, call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.

Dorel is offering to replace, free of charge, the original version of the Comfort infant seat base for the redesigned version.  The design of the original Comfort infant seat base is such that it won't install in most vehicles without slipping out from under the seat belt.  This is not a recall.  If you own this seat and would like a replacement, click here.

September 3

The Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia, offers free carseat inspections during mall hours.  Certified child restraint system technicians take appointments at 604-298-7314.

July 6

NHTSA is investigating the Evenflo Embrace infant seat after 5 consumer complaints about the carry handle failing.  For more information, click here.

February 19, 2006

Transport Canada has issued a public notice warning consumers about Evenflo Big Kid Quantum and Everest Booster Seats manufactured between October 1, 2005 and December 23, 2005.  These seats were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores across Canada.  Labeling on the seats say that the boosters may be used at a minimum weight of 30 lbs.; however, Canada regulations require that the minimum weight limit for booster seats be 40 lbs. (18 kg.).  Owners of these seats should not use the seats until their children are a minimum of 40 lbs. (18 kg.).  For more information, click here.