The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seats and Carriers because the handle can unexpectedly release causing the infant seat to rotate forward, resulting in serious injury. Over 450,000 car seats and carriers are included in the recall.
To date, Evenflo has received 679 reports from consumers that the handle releases, without warning, resulting in 160 injuries. The reported incidents include two concussions, cuts, scrapes and bruises and a skull fracture.
The recall involves Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006. The recalled car seat/carriers have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. The model number and production date information can be found on a white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the convenience base.
Models beginning with “5” are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller). “Evenflo” is on the carrying handle and car seat base. Embrace infant car seat/carriers made on or after April 8, 2006, are not included in this recall.
Consumers are being advised to not use the handle until a repair kit can be installed, but it is safe for use as a car seat. Consumers should contact Evenflo for a free repair kit.
Consumers should contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7497 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the recall Web site at www.embracehandle.com.