Nearly 1.3 Million Evenflo Car Seat Buckles Recalled
Evenflo is providing parents free remedy kits with replacement buckles
The recall includes Evenflo's Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony, Snugli, Titan, SureRide and SecureKid convertible and booster seat models manufactured from 2011 to 2014.
Similar to the Graco seat recall in February 2014, the Evenflo recall has to do with car seat buckles that latch too tightly, which could make it difficult to get children out of the seat and out of the vehicle quickly in an accident or emergency.
The harness crotch buckle may become resistant to unlatching over time because of exposure to food, drinks and various other contaminants, according to the company's website.
These convertible car seats and harnessed boosters still meet all requirements for crash worthiness and can continue to be used to transport children safely, if there is no difficultly unlatching the buckle. No risk exists if the buckle is functioning normally.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating several models of Evenflo seats in January, and regulators revealed that they are still investigating the safety of one of Evenflo's rear-facing infant seats.
Evenflo has not received any reports of injuries to children in connection with the recalled buckles.
The company will provide parents a remedy kit, free of charge, that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for installing it.
Owners of these car seat models may contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7591 or go online to place an order for a replacement.
Parents can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or go towww.safercar.gov for more information.