Too often, consumer products impacted by recalls are associated with incidents before companies issue recall campaigns.
Unfortunately for parents and their children, some of these products sometimes happen to be car safety seats and other items designed for children.
While facing a series of campaigns carried out by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Evenflo Company attempted to deal with issues related to its car safety seats fitted with buckles that aren’t easy to become unlatched. The issue was identified after several reports of incidents associated with parents having a hard time removing their kids from the car seats surfaced. While the company insisted that this issue wasn’t a big enough of a problem that required a recall campaign, consumers were still being exposed to serious risks mostly because the car safety seats could become hard to handle in an emergency. As a result of the campaign, Evenflo decided to expand its campaign and issue other recalls.
Latest reports have indicated that Evenflo is now issuing another recall announcement linked to its car safety seats. The issue associated with the campaign is linked to buckles that won’t release easily.
According to the official recall announcement issued by the federal agency, the recent recall impacts all units of the Embrace 35 two-piece, rear-facing car safety seats designed for infants and that are fitted with AmSafe QT1 buckles. The reports show that the buckle in question is just to hard for parents to unbuckle, especially during emergencies. For that reason, children could be exposed to serious personal injury risks. Impacted units include child restraints that can be identified by their model numbers 30711365 (Snugli brand), 31511040, 31511323, 31511400, 3151198, 3151953, 31521138, 46811205 (or 24502447), 46811237 (or 24502446), 48111200, 48111215, 48111215A, 48111218, 48111234, 48111235, 48111235A, 48111462, 48411391 (or 24502786), 48411391D (or 24502787), 48411392 (or 24502830), 48411504 (or 24507546), 48411504D (or 24507544), 52911307A, 52921040, 55311138 (or 24505003), 55311238 (or 24505000), or 55311292 (or 24505001).
All recalled units of these devices were produced between December 2011 and May 2013. According to the manufacturer, the problem could intensify over time mostly because the harness buckle may become too difficult to come undone. If an accident takes place and the prompt removal of the child from the car seat is necessary, the buckle may not be easy to unlatch. The delay in responding to an emergency could potentially lead to serious personal injuries.
What Should Consumers Do About This Car Safety Seat Recall?
Parents with the recalled car seats should not ignore the risks associated with this recall. According to the report, consumers who are registered will be contacted by the company in the near future. Once consumers are contacted, a remedy kit should be provided for free. Part of the remedy kit includes replacement buckles and instructions so that consumers are aware of how to proceed to have the buckle replaced.
The recall campaign is not part of Evenflo’s awareness campaign developed to ensure that consumers with Evenflo Embrace 35 models equipped with the defective buckles that haven’t been listed under this recall are aware of the risks.
Consumers who request a replacement buckle will receive the remedy kit for free.
If you have any questions or concerns related to this particular recall, make sure to follow this link to read the NHTSA announcement.