Recalls are put into place when a product no longer meets the federal and safety guidelines for the protection of your child to use.
Children and baby products get recalled all the time for numerous reasons, including breakage, choking hazards, and the threat of causing injury.
It can be challenging to keep up with changes concerning recalls unless you are actively perceptive of specific products. Fortunately, car seats tend to be more active when it comes to recalls because of how dangerous the consequences are when using a faulty chair for your child.
Car seat manufacturers’ main goal is to produce a seat that will keep your child safe while riding in a vehicle. There are federal and safety guidelines they abide by to create these seats, and if manufacturers are not following these guidelines, the seat cannot sell to consumers.
When car seats are sold to consumers and become defective, the manufacturer will issue a recall on the specific model and either send the consumer a free repair kit or replace the seat entirely.
However, as children quickly outgrow their car seats, many parents will hand them down to younger children or sell them to other people for use. This issue becomes a problem because most people are not up to date on car seat recalls. In this case, a parent might be using a defective seat for their child without knowing.
Purchasing a Car Seat From a Retailer.
When purchasing a car seat from a retailer, the chair will come brand new in the box with everything it needs to be installed and used correctly.
This collection includes the manufacturer’s label stickers posted on the seat and the manual. The manual and the label stickers will consist of safety tips, installation guides, proper use of the chair, the manufacturer’s information, and the specific seat’s serial number.
After purchasing your new car seat, it is imperative to register the car seat with the manufacturer.
If you register your seat, you will be notified by the manufacturer with instructions on the next steps to take in the event of a recall. Registering your car seat will keep you up to date on all changes regarding your new car seat. It is essential to keep up with this information for the safety of your child.
Purchasing a Car Seat Second Hand.
You should be very mindful of the research you will need to put into the seat before you make your purchase. Often, parents will buy older model car seats second hand.
This could be a cheaper option than buying from a retailer. However, if the parents are not mindful of the history of the chair, they may be putting their child at risk. This can result in using a faulty seat in a vehicle in the event of a crash.
To avoid putting your child at risk, you should research the seat extensively before you purchase it. Be sure to be knowledgeable of any wrecks or other destruction the car seat could possess. Also, be sure to check if the car seat has a recall issued.
Where to Check for Car Seat Recalls?
You can check recall lists at several different locations including www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov, www.recalls.gov, or www.safekids.org. For a full list of car seat recalls over the last ten years, you can visit www.carseat.org. If you are not sure whether a recall includes your seat, you can visit the manufacturer’s web-page, or call them at the number provided by the sticker on the car seat.
When recalls are issued, they will include specific factors of the seats affected. The instructions on how to handle the issue would be given as soon as possible to prevent parents from using defective seats. The specific factors include the name of the chair, the model number, the manufactured date, and the purpose of the recall.
If your car seat is registered, you will be notified directly about the recall. If not, it is your responsibility to check periodically for recalls and to reach out to the manufacturer. Most of the time, the solution will either be a free repair kit with instructions or in some cases, the manufacturer will send you a new seat free of charge.
Since 2017, there have been six primary car seat recalls. These recalls have affected over 902 thousand individual seats. The problems with the chairs include a range of hazards from choking hazards, defective webbing, to faulty coupling hooks. Fortunately, no harm to children has occurred, and no deaths have occurred because of these recalled seats. Here is a list of car seat recalls from 2017 until now.
Infant Car Seats
#1. 4Moms Self-Installing Infant Seat.
Date of recall- January 2017
Affected manufacture dates- July 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Number of individual seats affected- 1,622
According to www.4moms.com, the 4Moms Self-Installing Infant car seat issued a voluntary recall after learning of a potential issue with their chair failing to securely attach to the base, due to defective coupling hooks. If the coupling hooks do not firmly attach to the base, a child could undergo severe injuries in the event of a crash. 4Moms included in the recall that they would be issuing replacement carriers for those affected. They also stated that consumers could use their original seat while waiting for their replacement to be mailed, but to make sure to manually check to confirm the coupling hooks are securely in place.
#2. Britax B-Safe Infant Seats.
Date of recall- June 2017
Model- B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, BOB B-Safe 35
Affected manufacture dates- November 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017
Number of individual seats affected- 207,037
According to https://us.britax.com, Britax issued a recall on their B-Safe seats after learning that the center tab on the chest clips could easily break and cause a choking hazard for young children. The recall’s solution includes sending consumers a free repair kit with a replaceable chest clip made of a sturdier material.
The repair kit also comes with step-by-step instructions to show you how to replace the chest clip. It also advises consumers to check the middle tab of the chest clips for breakage while they are waiting for their repair kits to arrive.
Convertible Car Seats
#3. Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Seats.
Date of recall- July 2017
Model- 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1871689, 1877535, 1813015, 1794334
Affected manufacture dates- May 16, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Number of individual seats affected- 25,494
According to www.gracobaby.com, Graco issued a recall on their My Ride convertible seats after learning through testing that the webbing of the seat’s restraint component did not meet the federal requirements for breaking strength.
In the event of a crash, the webbing would not be strong enough to hold the seat securely to protect the child properly. The recall’s solution includes sending consumers free replacement kits. The replacement kits include a new set of harness restraints and instructions on how to replace them.
#4. Diono Convertible and Booster Seats.
Date of recall- November 2017
Model- Radian RXT, Radian R100, Radian R120, Rainier, Olympia, Pacifica
Affected manufacture dates- Seats made after November 25, 2013
Number of individual seats affected- 520,000
According to https://us.diono.com, Diono issued a recall on many of their convertible booster seat models after learning that the chair, when used with just a lap belt and without the top tether attached, could cause head injuries to children in the forward-facing position weighing over 65 pounds in the event of a car wreck.
The recall’s solution includes sending consumers free remedy kits. The remedy kits include a lap belt cushion for use when using just the lap belt, a new chest clip, a new warning level, and instructions.
#5. Baby Trend Hybrid LX 3-in-1
Date of recall- January 2017
Model- Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Kiwi #FB48417-Sold from Walmart, Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Centennial
#FB58181- Sold from Military Exchanges
Affected manufacture dates- July 14, 2016 (Kiwi), July 23, 2016 (Centennial)
Number of individual seats affected- 34
According to www.babytrend.com, Baby Trend issued a recall on two specific models after learning that the center adjusters may detach in the event of a crash if a child over 40 pounds buckled with the harness.
This issue can be hazardous, as a crash could cause the detachment of the clips, causing the child to propel out of the seat.
The recall’s solution to this issue includes sending consumers a free replacement seat.
#6. Harmony Big Boost Deluxe
Date of recall- April 2018
Model- all models
Affected manufacture dates- November 1, 2015 to June 24, 2017
Number of individual seats affected- 148,165
According to www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov, Harmony issued a recall on their booster seats after learning the seat belt may cause great force on the restrained child’s chest in the event of a crash.
These seats failed to comply with the federal requirements for safety standards. The recall’s solution is still in discussion and will notify consumers when the manufacturer comes to a decision.
If you register your car seat after purchase, the manufacturer will automatically notify you as recalls are issued. If you do not register your seat or you buy it second hand, it is your responsibility to reach out to the manufacturer of your chair if a recall is issued to receive your recall remedy.
Recalls are used to be sure consumers have the top safety restraint systems for children to use while riding in a vehicle. It is essential to the safety of your child to be knowledgeable of your car seat’s status involving recalls.
What should I do while purchasing a car seat second hand?
- Never buy a seat with missing labels, parts, or instructions.
- Never purchase a seat without knowledge of its history.
- Avoid purchasing or borrowing seats from people you don’t know.
- Always be aware of any possible recalls.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the serial number of the seat located?
You can find the serial number on the label sticker of the seat itself.
What do you do with the old carrier, if the manufacturer sends a new one?
If you are not advised to send the seat back to the manufacturer or recycle it, it is recommended to cut the straps to disable a harness car seat and to dispose of the chair in a trash bag to be sure it will not be able to be reused.
If a car seat seems to be working correctly, even if it is under an issued recall, can you still use that seat?
You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to handle the issue, even if your chair seems to be working correctly.
Can a Recalled Carrier be used while waiting for a Replacement or a Repair Kit?
Depending on the issue, you may be able to continue to use your seat while you wait for the delivery of the replacements, but you should check with the manufacturer of the chair for specific instructions.
Are There Any injuries Reported in The Result of Car Seat Recalls?
Since 2017, there have not been any reports of injuries or death resulting from the current car seat recalls.
Where can I recycle My old Car Seat?
According to www.recycleyourcarseat.org, there are specific states that have recycling locations that you can take your old car seat to. These states include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregan, Washington, and Wisconsin.
You can check specific details about the recycling sites under your state’s section on the website and the requirements for drop off. If you do not see your state on this website, you can ship your car seat to the Baby Earth mail-in recycling program. For more information about the Baby Earth program, you can visit www.babyearth.com.
What is the Target Recycling Program?
Target offers a program which allows parents to bring their old or unused car seats to their local store in an attempt to reduce waste. In exchange, they offer a coupon towards the purchase of a new car seat.
Target doesn’t specify how often they will do these recycling events, but you can check www.corporate.target.com periodically for updates on this event.
Walmart also offers a car seat recycling program. Instead of offering a coupon for future purchases, Walmart uses the old car seats to build new strollers.
Important Note: Target and Walmart are the only stores that offer recycling programs.
Staying Up to Date on Car Seat Recalls
Being up to date on your car seat will provide the utmost safety to your child. Be knowledgeable about car seat safety and make sure you install your car seat correctly. If you have questions about your chair or recall that has occurred, you can call the manufacturer at the number found on the label of the seat itself.
For more information about your car seat’s recall, you can visit the seat manufacturer’s website for a statement about the recall and instructions to solve the issues revealed. For a full, updated list of car seat recalls from the past ten years, you can visit www.carseat.org or www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov.