There is a recall made on more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the fact that there is a risk that the children can not be removed in the case of an emergency fast enough.
The National Highway Transportation said Friday that the recall includes the buckles used in a number of children’s convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2914, but not all seats made during that period are included.
The recall includes some of Evenflo’s Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony, Snugli, Titan, SureRide and SecureKid models. The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 346, 371 and 385.
The report claims that the buckle could become stuck in the latched position which would make it hard to remove the child from the seat. This could be dangerous for the child in the case of an emergency.
Evenflo said they will alert registered owners this month and provide replacement buckles and instructions for installation. Also posted on their website that the harness crotch buckle might become resistant to unlatching over time due to exposure to food, drink and other common contaminants but there is no risk if the buckle is functioning normally.
So far the Piqua, Ohio based company claims they have not received any reports of injuries to any child in connection with the recall of these buckles. They started investigation several models of Evenflo seats in January and are still investigation the safety of one of Evenflo’s rear facing infant seats.
Graco announced a recall in February of 3.8 million car safety seats due to the children’s car safety seats possibly trapping the children due to faulty recalled buckles.
Owners of these car safety seats can contact the Company, Evenflo to get more information by either calling them at 1-800-490-7591 or they can go online to their website at www.buckle.evenflo.com. You cab also contact National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-327-4236) or go to www.safecar.gov.
When my kids were small and I used the car seats I always had a fear that I wouldn’t be able to unhook them fast enough in the case of an emergency. Thank God it never happened to me but it was a fear I always had. I pray they can solve this problem before a child gets hurt from it.