Evenflo, one of the largest manufacturers of baby and child gear , is recalling nearly 14,000 car safety seats after tests show they failed Consumer Reports’ crash tests.
The seat is the $80 dollar Evenflo Maestro seats were made through April of this year.
This combination toddler-booster seat — the Evenflo Maestro — is designed for children from 20 to 100 pounds. Children use it with the harness until they’re big enough to use it with a vehicle’s seatbelt.
Consumer Reports conducted a simulated 30-mile-per-hour crash test at an outside laboratory and found two of the seats failed when used with their harness.
“In our test, this detached from the seat and the shell cracked,” said Jennifer Stockburger of Consumer Reports. “This adjuster pulled back through the shell and allowed the harness to loosen.”
“Should the harness loosen in a real crash, it allows the child to move much farther forward, exposing their head and neck to injury, as well as increasing their potential for ejection. The harness came loose in both of our tests with the three-year-old dummy using the harness, one where the seat was installed with LATCH and the other when it was installed with the three-point seatbelt,” said Stockburger.
Consumer Reports notified Evenflo and the company issued “a voluntary safety recall of certain Maestro child restraint systems built between November 24, 2009 and April 9, 2010.” The following models are affected:
You can determine when a seat was made by checking the label on the top of the shell. The manufacturing date is at the top.
Evenflo says no injuries have been reported, but it has developed a free fix that parents should install before using the seat in harness mode.
It also says parents of bigger children may safely use the Maestro seat in its booster mode until the fix comes. To get your repair kit, contact Evenflo at 800-233-5921.