Posted On March 4, 2011 In Personal Injury
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a child safety seat recall last week of nearly 800,000 units. The harnesses do not hold securely, according to New York Times blogger Christopher Jensen.
The company responsible for the recall is the Dorel Juvenile Group of Columbus, Ind. Dorel issued the seats under a variety of brand names–according to Dorel spokesperson Julie Vallese—including Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco and Eddie Bauer. The styles of the seats range from booster and convertible seats to strollers and infant seats. The defective child seats were manufactured from May 2008-April 2009. None of the products were involved in any reported car accidents.
NHTSA began their investigation of the Dorel products after they received 143 formal complaints about the front latch unfastening easily.
“There have been no reports of center front adjuster failure in real world crashes, no injuries and no deaths reported to the company,” Vallese defended.
Dorel did not admit to the seats being a safety hazard and simply admitted to the NHTSA that they “exhibited performance issues.”
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