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Dorel Recalls Infant Child Restraints

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 infantlatchrecall@djgusa.com

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!

Britax Recalling Chaperone Infant and Child Restraint Systems Due to Defect!

by Marianne Frederick

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced over the weekend that Britax, the manufacturer of children’s car seats, strollers and child and infant restraint systems, will recall approximately 14,220 Chaperone infant and child restraint systems.

The Chaperone Infant and Child Restraint Systems manufactured from September 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 are being recalled because the harness adjuster can detach from the seat. In the event of a crash, the defective harness adjuster could cause serious or fatal injury to a child or infant as the child would not be properly restrained.

According to the NHTSA, the car restraint systems affected by this recall display the model numbers: E9L692J (black/silver), E9L692K (red), E9L692L (“cowmooflage”) and E9L692M (green). The manufacture date and model number are also shown on a label on the car seat.

The company, Britax, will notify owners of the restraint systems and provide free repair kits which owners can install. The recall and mailing of repair kits are expected to begin on or about February 6, 2012. Until February 6, any car seats from which the harness adjuster has become detached will be replaced by Britax. Consumers can locate the harness adjuster at the base of the car seat. Consumers may contact Britax by calling

1-888-427-4829 or visiting the company’s website at http://www.britaxusa.com.

For more information on this particular recall, consumers also may want to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visithttp://www.safercar.gov. When discussing this particular recall with the NHTSA, consumers will want to reference campaign number 12C001000.