Recalls are an inevitable part of life for people who own products. That’s pretty much all of us. We’ve talked about what car seat recalls are and why they’re important. We also work diligently to crank out articles about each car seat recall along with instructions on how to resolve the issue as soon we can verify them with NHTSA/Transport Canada.
Despite all of that diligence on our part, sometimes a panic-inducing article comes along and causes just that: panic. Over the years, we’ve seen more than one article or news piece with a sensational headline about outdated car seat recalls. More than once, we’ve been contacted by reporters who ask us to comment on these types of panic-inducing stories.
Spoiler: our comments are usually “Please check the date on that recall.”
In almost all cases, these overly exciting articles cover recalls that have already been dealt with.
Caregivers who are impacted by the recalls mentioned in these clickbait type articles have likely already received a recall remedy kit and their car seats are safe to use.
Register your Child’s Car Seat
We have a few suggestions for ways to maintain the peace in your life when it comes to recalls. First and foremost, register your child’s car seat by either filling out the handy registration card that shipped with the seat or registering the seat online. That way, the manufacturer can get in touch with you if a recall is issued.
Verify the Source
Before you share an article or panic over an article about recalls, please check a few things first:
- Confirm that we have shared the recall here on www.csftl.org. We post articles about car seat recalls shortly after they are announced and verified with NHTSA/Transport Canada.
- Look at the date of the article, especially the year. Articles about recalls have a tendency to pop up a year or sometimes years later than the initial recall date.
- Verify the date the recall actually happened. A news article posted today could still be talking about a recall issued last year or even further in the past.
- Visit NHTSA’s recall website or Transport Canada’s website to confirm if the recall is real. We take this step before posting any recalls.
- In addition to the recall list, Transport Canada maintains a list of Public and consumer information notices for child car seats.
Recalls are definitely important. But they don’t need to cause panic or continue causing the same panic over and over again over the years. When you hear about a recall, take a little time to learn more!