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Recall of Nearly 800,000 Child Car Seats

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February 15, 2011

Parents and caregivers should be aware of a recall involving 794,247 child safety seats, manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group and branded Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Safety 1st, because the harness could fail to restrain a child in the event of a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling the car seats, manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009 that have a “Center Front Adjuster” (CFA) for the harness, because the harness locking and release button can stick. The release button may not always return to the locked position. This can cause the harness adjustment strap to slip and the harness to loosen. In a crash, the loose harness may not restrain the child and increases the risk of injury.

NHTSA investigations into two reports by the same consumer alleging the center front adjuster (CFA) on two different Dorel Vantage child seats would not hold the harness securely led to the recall.

The recall involves certain Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Safety 1st branded infant, convertible and booster child restraint systems. It includes convertible child restraints Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect and Vantage, and infant child restraints Mico and OnBoard. Dorel Juvenile Group sold them as stand-alone seats and as part of a travel system with a stroller.

Consumer can determine if the recall affects their child safety seat by calling 1 866-623-3139 or visiting the manufacturer’s website and viewing the model list:

22-077 FSM

22-177 SNP2

22-078 DMS

22-178 SCT

22-148 RDH

22-178 STL

22-149 PAL

22-178 VSS

22-150 BNS

22-185 BVL2

22-152 BVL

22-188 BVL2

22-152 CMN

22-195 SVS

22-152 RGS

22-195 SVS2

22-154 HTR

22-346 VAL

22-155 BDF

22-356 NTR

22-155 HMR

22-356 PRO

22-155 NSHE

22-356 TRI

22-155 OTC

22-371 CIP

22-155 TRP

22-371 CTR

22-158 BLL

22-371 FSB

22-158 GRS

22-371 LYP

22-158 SPA

22-371 MJR

22-159 SGT

22-371 PHT

22-172 BKE

22-371 RFR

22-172 MRT

22-371 TRL

22-172 OKW

22-372 TTH

22-172 PHO

22-412 MOM

22-172 SVT

22-439 ABY3

22-177 SNP

22-439 HTP3

22-439 OKP3

22-465 BMT

22-439 VNS3

22-469 BSE

22-449 GES

22-469 BSEC

22-452 RBYE

22-475 BVL

22-453 BCT

22-476 CIP

22-453 FSM

22-476 CTR

22-456 BVL

22-476 FSB

22-456 CAB

22-476 GIP

22-456 CAO

22-476 ISP

22-456 CSR

22-476 NOW

22-456 LMT

22-476 NRF

22-456 MIL

22-476 PHT

22-456 MRR

22-476 PMK

22-456 NTM

22-476 PNG

22-456 NTR

22-486 CRI

22-456 PRO

22-486 GIP

22-456 SCY

22-486 TTH

22-456 SUZ

22-546 BSE

22-456 TRI

22-547 CHA

22-456 TTN

22-553 BVL3

22-458 FTM

22-554 PCR

22-458 NYC

22-554 PCR3

22-459 MTG

22-554 RCR3

22-462 BLN

22-561 WAL

22-564 ARZ

22-758 CMP

22-564 MIL

22-758 FRK

22-564 NTR

22-758 HDS

22-564 OKW

22-758 HID

22-564 PHO

22-758 KGS

22-564 PRO

22-758 PST

22-564 TRI

22-758 SNW

22-564 VLC

22-758 SON

22-567 GRH

22-758 VND

22-574 PCR3

22-759 MTT

22-580 BYR

22-790 CGT

22-657 FRK

22-790 SNW

22-657 MTT

22-790 WPR

22-657 PST

22-790 WPR2

22-657 SNW

22-799 MER

22-657 SON

22-880 BYT

22-657 VND

22-880 MTT

22-740 HPN

22-880 MTTA

22-741 ATI

22-880 SON

22-741 BWD

22-880 SONA

22-741 GRT

22-560 FSM

22-741 WNW

93-560 FSM

22-755 BLD

IC-072 SON

22-758 BYT

17-439 ABY

17-439-HTP

“This voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution with no reported incidents or injuries,” Dorel Juvenile Group said in a statement. “Parents and caregivers are being provided detailed information on how to make the simple recommended adjustments to their car seat. “

Dorel Juvenile Group will send consumers a repair kit including a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant to apply to the CFA to prevent sticking and allow it to properly engage the CFA strap.

“Until the remedy has been applied, consumers can continue to use the seats, however, parents and caregivers should make sure the harness is properly adjusted and the lock/release button is fully in the locked position,” the NHTSA release said. “After adjustment, pull on the shoulder part of the harness to make sure it is secure and does not loosen.”