If this problem occurs, it may be difficult or impossible to unlatch the buckle, which could delay the removal of a child from the seat and increase the risk of injury in an emergency situation in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. There is no risk if the buckle is not contaminated and is functioning normally.
Transport Canada’s compliance testing program revealed that without this foam insert, the loads felt by the 12-month old crash test dummy slightly exceeded the allowable limit. Transport Canada and Diono are concerned that in the event of a collision, a Radian restraint system not equipped with the memory foam insert may transmit excessive loads to the child occupant which could cause injury.
With the same news as Graco and Evenflo, Baby Trend, Inc. (Baby Trend) is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, models FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean), manufactured between October 2011 and July 2013. The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle’s release button.
Evenflo has made the decision to recall the buckles on certain models of car seats. Similar to the recall of certain types of buckles on Graco convertible and combination seats, the crotch buckle on these seats can become difficult to release. This recall does NOT effect the safety of these seats in a crash.
On July 4, 2014, Graco Children’s Products issued on an update to the existing buckle recall, expanding the recall to include certain models of rear facing only seats.
In 2014, Graco announced a buckle recall that applied to certain styles of rear facing only infant seats, convertible car seats, and some combination car seats. Caregivers who own any seats with the affected buckle can receive a free replacement directly from Graco.
Today Combi announced a recall of their Coccoro and Zeus convertible car seat models because the harness webbing fails to meet the minimum breaking strength requirements.
If you own an Orbit Baby G2 car seat base, please check out this important information regarding a voluntary recall due to the StrongArm knob detaching or failing to tighten the base.
On September 12, 2013, Dorel annouced a recall of certain Safety 1st and Eddie Bauer car seats. The affected seats are mislabeled with the stickers notating the rear and forward facing belt paths reversed. This recall does not affect their crash performance, however the seats must be installed using the correct belt path.