Nearly 800,000 Car Seats Recalled By Dorel Due To Safety Harness Issue


The Dorel Juvenile Group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for 794,247 of their car seats yesterday due to an issue with the harness. The safety harness locking and release button has a tendency to not always return to its locked position. If this occurs, when a child moves around in their seat, the harness adjustment strap will slip back through the adjuster, resulting in a loose harness and increasing the risk of being injured in a crash.

This problem applies to certain seats which have a “Center Front Adjuster”, including infant, convertible and booster systems which were sold both as stand-alone seats or as part of a travel system, under the following brand names: Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco and Eddie Bauer.

Child restraint systems included in this recall begin with the following model numbers: 22077, 22078, 22148, 22149, 22150, 22152, 22154, 22155, 22158, 22159, 22172, 22177, 22178, 22185, 22188, 22195, 22356, 22371, 22372, 22412, 22439, 22452, 22453, 22456, 22458, 22459, 22462, 22465, 22469, 22476, 22486, 22546, 22547, 22553, 22554, 22561, 22564, 22567, 22574, 22580, 22657, 22740, 22741, 22755, 22758, 22759, 22790, 22799, 22880, 22560, 22346, 17439, 22449, 22475, and IC072, manufactured from May 1, 2008, through April 30, 2009.

DJG said it intends to provide consumers with a remedy kit consisting of a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant to be applied to the CFA to prevent sticking and allow it to properly engage the CFA strap. Instruction on how to apply the lubricant will be provided, along with a label to indicate that the repair has been completed.

Until the remedy has been applied, consumers can continue to use the seats, however, parents and caregivers should make sure the harness is properly adjusted and the lock/release button is fully in the locked position. After adjustment, pull on the shoulder part of the harness to make sure it is secure and does not loosen.

If you currently own one of these seats, Dorel will be providing registered owners with a free remedy kit containing a small tube of non-toxic, food grade lubricant. This is to be applied to the center front adjuster to prevent sticking and allows it to properly engage the strap. Non-registered owners should contactd DJG at 1-866-623-3139 or by email at harnessadjustment@djgusa.com. You will need to provide the entire model number on the seat when contatin the manufacturer.

Consumers who want more information about this recall should contact the manufacturer directly at 1 866-623-3139 or via email to harnessadjustment@djgusa.com.