Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling 1.3 million convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats due to the risk that during an emergency a child may not be able to be removed quickly.
The buckles on the car seats and booster seats may become stuck in the locked position. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the buckles used in the recall models were manufactured between 2011 and 2014.
Evenflo's website states that "These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the convertible car seat or harnessed booster by toddlers. This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle. There is no such risk if the buckle is functioning normally. These convertible car seats and harnessed boosters meet all requirements for crashworthiness under the federal FMVSS 213 safety standard and can continue to be used to transport your child safely, if you are not experiencing difficulty unlatching the buckle. Importantly, Evenflo has received no reports of injuries to children in connection with the use of this buckle on the seats that are subject to this recall."
The recall models include:
- Momentum – Model number prefix- 385
- Chase - Model number prefix- 306, 329
- Maestro – Model number prefix- 310
- Symphony - Model number prefix-345, 346
- Snugli All in One - Model number prefix- 345, 346
- Titan - Model number prefix- 371
- SureRide - Model number prefix- 371
- Secure Kid & Snugli Booster - Model number prefix- 308
Evenflo is providing consumers a remedy kit, free-of-charge that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for installing the new buckle. The remedy kit is available by placing an order with Evenflo on their website at www.buckle.evenflo.com, or calling 1-800-490-7591.
Evenflo requests that consumers not return the convertible car seats or harnessed boosters to retailers.
The website also contains a link for instructions on cleaning the buckles.
The NHTSA is also investigating the safety of Evenflo's rear-facing infant seats.