Evenflo announced on Friday that it is recalling 1.37 million convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, citing issues with a harness buckle. The car seats were manufactured from 2011 to 2014. Evenflo car seats are sold at Wal-Mart, Taret and online retailer Amazon.com.
“These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the convertible car seat or harnessed booster by toddlers,” a statement from the company reads. “This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle.” Evenflo said the car seats still meet the federal safety requirements for car crashes, but if the buckle is sticking it may be difficult to quickly release a child during an emergency situation. The company said families can continue to use the car seat if they are not experiencing any sticking of the buckle.
People who are concerned their car seat may be impacted by the recall can check online or call 1-800-490-7591.
Evenflo said consumers should not try to return their car seats to the store. If people are experiencing problems with the buckle sticking, the company provided instructions on how to clean the buckle while consumers wait for their remedy kit. The company said it hasn’t received any reports of children being injured in connection with the problems with the buckle.
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