April 8, 2014 — In the second major car seat recall this year, Evenflo is recalling 1.3 million child-safety car seats and booster seats because they have a faulty buckle that can get gummed up by food and drinks, which could make it difficult to remove a child from the seat in an emergency.
Evenflo has not received reports of injuries or deaths linked to the recall. However, some parents have had to cut the straps to remove their child from car seats with the defective buckle. Evenflo warns:
“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.”
Evenflo car seat recall includes:
- Titan 65
- Snugli All-in-One
- Snugli Booster
Earlier this year, Graco recalled 4.2 million child seats with the same faulty buckle, which is manufactured by AmSafe Commercial Products. The buckle is also used on rear-facing infant car seats, but both Evenflo and Graco have refused to recall the infant seats, claiming that they can be unlatched at the base. Federal safety authorities have demanded a recall of the infant seats, and the matter could end up in court.
Evenflo will provide customers with a free repair kit. You will need to place an order or call Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591. Do not return the car seat to a retailer. If you are having problems unlatching the buckle before the repair kit arrives, clean the buckle.
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