More than 18,000 of Evenflo Maestro car seats were recalled in the U.S. and in Canada after the product failed in a series of crash tests. The car seat was found to crack and the harness loosened in a simulated 30-mph frontal collision.
The said product was manufactured to serve as a five-point harness or a typical child car seat.
"Should the harness loosen in a real crash, it allows the child to move much farther forward, exposing their head and neck to injury, as well as increasing their potential for ejection. The harness came loose in both of our tests with the three-year-old dummy using the harness, one where the seat was installed with LATCH and the other when it was installed with the three-point seatbelt," said Stockburger, manager of Consumer Reports' vehicle-and-child-safety program.
The company, Evenflo Company, Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, has voluntarily recalled 13,792 units in the U.S. and 4,479 units in Canada. The company has also asked retailers to stop displaying the said units in stores.
Evenflo will be coming up with a “remedy kit that includes an easily installed bracket to reinforce the seat without tools.” These kits will be distributed to owners of the recalled units.
The seat may still be used if the child weighs 40 pounds and above. They may continue using the product as a “belt-positioning booster” until the remedy kit is delivered.
The only affected Evenflo car seat models are those whose model numbers start with “310.” To find the model number and date of manufacture, just check behind the car seat and you’ll see a white label above the shoulder belt slot.
• For FAQs on the Maestro Safety Recall, click here. • To learn more about the Maestro Remedy Kit Installation, view a video here. • To learn more about the Maestro Remedy Kit, click here.
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