We have an important recall to tell you about regarding certain child restraint systems. Evenflo has announced a voluntary recall of its Maestro combination booster seats. The recall affects almost 14,000 units all because of a crack that happened during testing.
No reports of injuries have been reported, but Evenflo decided to be proactive.
The model numbers in question begin with 310 and were manufactured between December of last year and April of 2010.
Evenflow says if a crash were to occur, a crack may form at the front of the seat near the harness adjuster. This could cause a toddler to not be safely restrained and run the risk of getting hurt. Basically, the seats did not meet federal structural requirements.
Evenflo is offering a free repair kit and is urging caregivers NOT to return the product to the store. Consumers can call 800-233-5921 to receive a kit.
Past Car Seat Recalls
This is hardly the first time an Evenflo car seat recall has been issued. Back in November of 2009, the company recalled some of its First Choice Infant car seats. This occurred because a label required by the government was omitted from the seats.
More serious recalls have involved Dorel infant car seats. In December of 2009, as many as 400,000 units were recalled because of fall hazard that could injure a baby. Apparently, the handle can loosen and dislodge when it is being used as a carrier.
That same year, Lerado Success recalled more than 5,000 Mia Moda Viva and Mia Moda Viva Supreme infant car seats because of the potential for cracking and that if involved in a crash, could possibly injure a child.
These companies are not alone. Statistics have shown that as many as 20 different models of child car seats have been recalled over the past 20 years. The reasons vary, but many were recalled for simply failing to meet federal safety standards. Other reasons include specific defects such as the child restraint handles becoming loose and falling off, which can pose a fall hazard to children.
Over the years, other flaws such as straps made with material that is less than adequate or material that can rip apart too easily or a type that can catch fire have caused problems for families. Other issues include faulty hooks or latches that come undone when mild pressure is applied, or latches that are too hard to undo, making it difficult to remove the child during an emergency.
When a child is hurt because of car seat design or because of faulty part, then the parents of that child may desire to take legal action against the company who manufactured the product. If your child was injured or worse in a car crash, you should have the car seat and crash examined and investigated by Jeffrey killino to determine if it was a defective car seat. As defective infant and child car seat attorneys, they can offer you advice on whether you may file a claim against a child car seat manufacturer. Attorney Jeffrey Killino’s focus is on keeping kids safe and knows child injuries are very serious and can leave a parent feeling helpless. If you believe your child was injured as a result of a faulty or recalled consumer product please contact child injury attorney Jeffrey Killino by calling 877-875-2927 today.