Today, Britax announced a recall of select Advocate ClickTight, Marathon ClickTight, and Boulevard ClickTight seats. The recall is for seats manufactured between August 1, 2014 and July 29, 2015. This affects seats in the United States and Canada.
Transport Canada wishes to inform the public that certain Snugli/Embrace 35 (within the model numbers listed above) car seats may have an installation diagram label that incorrectly shows the position of the carry handle when the restraint is installed in the vehicle. In Canada, the handle should be in Position 1 for travel, and the incorrect label shows the handle in Position 4.
On May 14, 2015, a safety advisory was issued by Graco Canada, in conjunction with Transport Canada, regarding 1711 Snugride 22 rear facing only car seats with specific dates of manufacture and sold in 2013 and 2014. It was discovered that certain combinations of restraints and bases did not pass compliance testing.
The Via has been sold under the Lamaze and First Years brand names.
Independent testing has revealed that the seat does not pass required standard with regard to force to the head and chest. In addition, the recline foot may loosen in an impact, introducing slack to the installation, increasing the injury risk.
This is a serious life-safety recall. Caregivers should immediately stop using the seat and dispose of it so that it cannot be reused.
*Updated 6/6/15* This link will take you to the full information available from NHTSA. It also includes a VIN lookup to see if your vehicle has been affected. http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a consumer advisory for vehicles containing airbags made by Takata.
Transport Canada has issued a Public Notice for Barbie, Ferrari, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels branded Teamtex boosters, for irregularities in minimum height required. While the minimum allowed height is 107 cm (42 inches) some seats indicate a 103 cm (40 inch) minimum.
NHSTA has issued a recall on certain models of RECARO ProSport manufactured from June 16 2010 to January 31 2013. If the ProSport is installed with lower anchors only, the head excursion in testing exceeds max allowed limits, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant. Car Seats for the Littles, Inc. notes that
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.