Nearly 800,000 child safety seats are being recalled because they may not protect children in the event of a crash.
The Dorel Juvenile Group says the harness locking and release button does not always return to its locked position. If the release button is not locked it may allow the harness adjustment strap to slip when a child moves around in their seat causing them not to be protected in the event of a crash. So 794,247 child safety seats are being recalled.
The problem involves safety seats manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009 which have a “Center Front Adjuster” (CFA) for the harness. These include infant, convertible and booster child restraint systems which were sold as stand-alone seats or part of a travel system.
The recall affects certain models of the Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect, Vantage, Mico and OnBoard. Here is a complete list with the model numbers.
DJG will provide a kit which includes a small tube of lubricant to help prevent sticking as well as instructions on how to apply it. You need to call the company at 1-866-623-3139 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until you get that, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says parents can continue to use the seats, they just need to make sure the harness is properly adjusted and fastened in the lock position. You should tug on the harness to make sure it does not come undone.
Register your Car Seat
You can register your child safety seat here so that you can be notified if it is ever part of a recall.
And you can go here to learn more about car seat safety.