800,000 child car seats recalled in US
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Leading child car seat maker Dorel is recalling nearly 800,000 kids' car seats due to a faulty button for locking and releasing the harness, the US highway safety department said Monday.
The Canadian group's Dorel Juvenile division said the recall involves car seats sold under the brand names Safety 1st, Cosco, Quinny, Maxi-Cosi brands, Disney and Eddie Bauer, produced between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009.
The button sometimes does not return to its locked position as it is supposed to do, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a statement.
That can lead to the harness loosening, increasing the risk that the child will be hurt in a crash, it said.
Dorel said that owners of the seats will be given a free tube of lubricant to put on the center front adjuster of the strap, so that the button will lock into place as intended.
"This voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution with no reported incidents or injuries," Dorel said in a statement on its website.
The specific seat production numbers were available at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls.
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