April 16, 2014 — Baby Trend has issued a recall for approximately 16,000 “TrendZ FastBack” car seats because they have a defective buckle that can get progressively stickier when contaminated with food or drinks. Fortunately, Baby Trend has not received any reports of injury due to the buckle.
Baby Trend is the third manufacturer to recall a car seat with the defective buckle design since March, when Graco and Evenflo recalled 6 million car seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a government safety agency, demanded a recall of an additional 1.8 million infant car seats with the same buckle, but manufacturers refused. Click here to read more.
Baby Trend says that the NHTSA determined that certain AmSafe Signature, QT buckles on Graco car seats may get stuck. Based on this investigation and in the interest of safety, Baby Trend has voluntarily recalled similar buckles used on the TrendZ FastBack 3-in-1 car seat.
Baby Trend car seat recall includes:
- TrendZ FastBack 3-in-1 Car Seat: Models FB60070 & FB60408, made from October 2011 to July 2013.
During normal everyday use of a car seat, the harness crotch buckle is exposed to food, drinks, and other contaminants. Over time, the buckle mechanism can become progressively stickier and impossible to unlatch. Parents have reported cutting straps or maneuvering their child out of the car seat without undoing the buckle. In a car accident, vehicle submersion, fire, medical problem, or other emergency, a defective buckle could lead to a child’s injury or death.
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