Evenflo Recalls 1.37 Million Car Seats for Buckle Problem
Evenflo Company Inc. has announced it is recalling 1.37 million child safety car seats to replace buckles that can be hard to open if milk or other liquids are spilled on them, reports David Shepardson for The Detroit News. This new recall brings the recent total of car seats recalled for this problem to 5.1 million, he writes. As this blog has reported, Graco Children’s Products Inc. announced in February that it was recalling nearly 3.8 million seats because of the same buckle defect.
In an article appearing on Huff Post Parents, the Associated Press writes that the Evenflo buckles can become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from a seat, which would be dangerous in an emergency. The Piqua, Ohio, child seat manufacturer said it has received no reports of injuries to children because of the buckle problem, AP writes. Evenflo acknowledges that 0.13% of the recalled car seats have resulted in complaints, Shepardson reports.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which began looking at several car seat models regarding the Evenflo buckle issue in January, said it is still investigating the safety of one of Evenflo’s rear-facing infant seats, AP reports. The recall includes several convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2014, Shepardson writes. Those include:
- Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX)
- Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select)
- Maestro (including Performance)
- Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX)
- Snugli All-in-One
- Snugli Booster
- Tital 65
- SureRide DLX
- Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400)
Shepardson writes that in February, Graco said it was recalling the following models, all having the same buckle used by Evenflo, and all involving difficulty in depressing the red button that unlatches the harness buckle:
- Cozy Cline
- Comfort Sport
- Classic Ride 50
- My Ride 65
- My Ride with Safety Surround
- My Ride 70
- Size 4 Me 70
- Nautilus Elite
- Argos 70
Graco told NHTSA that 1 in 1,000 car seats has exhibited an unlatching problem, Shepardson writes. He notes that Graco, which is based in Exton, Penn., received more than 6,100 consumer complaints, according to NHTSA. In California, Graco is facing a class-action suit over the problem. A separate lawsuit in that state alleges a 2-year-old died in a car fire because the Graco seat buckle made it “extremely difficult” to remove the child, Shepardson writes.
In its recall demand letter, NHTSA wrote that it is “completely reasonable” that a child would be eating and drinking while in a car seat, and that some of the food or drink would find its way into the buckle, Shepardson reports. He adds that NHTSA encourages parents and caregivers to use a different car seat until the Graco and Evenflo ones are fixed.
Owners may contact Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591 or online at www.buckle.evenflo.com. They may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.