COLUMBUS — Columbus-based Dorel Juvenile Group has issued a recall for 794,247 child safety seats because of a problem with an adjustment and locking system.
The problem involves certain restraint systems manufactured from May 1, 2008, through April 30, 2009, which have a “Center Front Adjuster” for the harness. These include infant, convertible and booster child restraint systems which were sold both as stand-alone seats or part of a travel system with a stroller.
The recall applies to the United States and Canada, and covers various models under the Cosco, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi and Eddie Bauer brands, said Julie Vallese, vice president of public affairs and strategic communication for Dorel Juvenile Group.
The locking and release button does not always return to its locked position. A button that is not in the locked position can allow the harness adjustment strap to slip back through the adjuster when a child moves, resulting in a loose harness, which increases the risk of injury in a crash.
Dorel issued the recall as a cautionary measure and not the result of reported injuries or incidents, Vallese said.
Owners of the child safety seats do not need to return them to the company for repairs.
Dorel will send consumers a remedy kit consisting of a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant and instructions on it should be applied to the CFA, to prevent sticking and allow the CFA strap to properly engage. The kit also will include a label to indicate that the repair has been completed. A video will be made available, too, if consumers need a visual aid.
“It is an easy repair. The lubricant kit is a very small matter of applying two drops of lubricant on each side of the CFA,” Vallese said. “…They won’t even need to remove the car seat to get it done.”
Consumers can continue to use the seats while they await the remedy kit, Vallese said. They should make sure the harness is properly adjusted and the lock/release button is fully in the locked position. After adjusting the harness, consumers should pull on the shoulder part of the harness to make sure it is secure and does not loosen.
Dorel and NHTSA became aware of the problem when consumers contacted them, Vallese said.
NHTSA began a formal investigation on March 5, and indicated it would continue to keep the investigation open to further evaluate the adequacy of the recall scope.