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Warning: Evenflo recalling faulty 1.3 million children’s restraint seats

One of many child restraint seats recalled
One of many child restraint seats recalled National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Parents should be made aware that serious malfunctioning of these child restraint seats could result in great harm to children. The buckle gets stuck and will not open. Please read carefully the report issued below by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This recall was issued on April 5, 2014. Owners of this equipment should be notified by April 14, 2014 with information on how to remedy this situation. However, in the meantime, parents should be aware of this dangerous hazard. If they must continue using the seat; perhaps a heavy pair of scissors or knife in the glove box should be kept handy just in case the buckle will not open correctly.

Manufacturer: Evenflo Company, Inc.

SUMMARY:

Evenflo Company, Inc. (Evenflo) is recalling certain convertible and harnessed child restraints, models 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, Titan 65, SureRide DLX, and Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400). The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385. The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In the convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, the buckle may become stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button.

CONSEQUENCE:

It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required.

REMEDY:

Evenflo will notify registered owners in April 2014. The company will start providing replacement buckles along with installation instructions in April 2014. Owners may contact Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591. Note: For a complete list of the production dates of the affected seats, please click on "Associated Documents" and then "Defect Notice(Part 573)." Not all seats within the date ranges listed are included, so consumers should contact Evenflo at the number or website listed here with the seat's model and date of manufacture to confirm that their seat is included.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

You can pull up more information by checking out the following.

US Department of Transportation:

Evenflo:

Letter to Evenflo retailers:

Safety recall poster:

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