September 18, 2015 — Nearly 200,000 car seats made by Recaro Child Safety LLC are being recalled because they may fail to protect a child in a car crash.
The recall involves the Performance RIDE and ProRIDE Convertible Safety Seats, which were made from April 9, 2010 through June 9, 2015. The problem is that in front-facing position, the shell can break apart and the top tether can come loose, which would fail to restrain the child.
According to Recaro:
“In the event of a crash when used forward facing with a child over 52 pounds and the top tether attached to the vehicle, the top tether attachment area on the car seat shell could potentially crack or break loose. … If the top tether breaks or detaches from the car seat, there is an increased risk of injury to the child.”
No injuries have been linked to the recall. The problem was discovered during testing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency is also reminding parents to register their car seats.
Last year, over 6 million car seats were recalled for safety problems — the largest car seat recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, less than half of recalled car seats were repaired.
One of the biggest recalls involved car seats with buckles that could get progressively stickier over time. In an emergency, parents might be unable to remove their child, or they might have to cut the straps.
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