Dorel Juvenile Group (Dorel Industries of Montreal, Quebec, Canada), and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are recalling 1,737 child safety car seat “restraint systems”, including models IC124FSM (OnBoard 35) and IC 123FSM (Comfy Carry). Consumers may remember that in mid-February 2011, Dorel recalled an estimated 800,000 child safety seats due to a harness locking-and-release button issue.
The child safety car seats being recalled now were manufactured from May 2011 through April 2012, and sold without the separate seat base that contained the required LATCH attachment assembly. Units without the LATCH assembly do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Standard No. 213, “Child Restraint Systems” and are more difficult to secure in the vehicle, thus a child may not be adequately protected from injury in the event of an accident or crash.
Dorel Juvenile Group will notify distributors and owners who have registered their child safety seats. According to the NHTSA, bases with LATCH systems will be provided at no cost to consumers who are able to verify they own affected units. Owners who have not registered their child safety seats can contact Dorel Juvenile Group at 1/877-416-8111 or email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org
To-date, photos of the recalled child seat restraint systems have not been published to the web. Childsafetyblog.org will upload them to our website when they are available. Dorel notes on its company website that “increased scrutiny is being placed on consumer products in general and the juvenile industry in particular.” We would certainly hope that Dorel, as the “world’s largest manufacturer of car seats and a leader in other juvenile product categories” would place as much emphasis on bringing safer child products to the market as a leader in the manufacture of child car seats and restraint systems should. In Dorel’s opinion, the company is “sensitive” to each and every recall-related incident! Childsafetyblog.org would like to see fewer child safety seat recall-related incidents!