||The exact number of unsafe child car seats in use is unknown;
however, some have suggested that it may be in the millions.
starting point, all safety seats manufactured before 1981 were not
required to be crash tested and therefore should be destroyed.
Today, all child safety seats are required to carry labeling
indicating the seat's manufacturer, model information, and date of
manufacturer. If this
information is missing, you should immediately contact the manufacturer,
if known, to determine if the seat may be otherwise identified to
determine if it is safe. Since 1993, safety seat manufacturers have supplied registration
cards that are to be filled out by the purchaser and returned to the
manufacturer so that prompt notification may be made in the event of a
recall or safety notification. If
you have a seat that was made before 1993, or have lost the registration
card, you may register your child safety seat by contacting the
manufacturer listed on the label or by filling out a registration form
available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If
the manufacturer of your child safety seat is no longer in business, you
should destroy the seat immediately and obtain another one.
here for a list of safety recalls by the NHTSA for independent child and booster
seat manufacturers, as well
as safety recalls for motor vehicles with integrated child seats.
have any concerns about a child safety seat, or would like to report a
suspected defect, you may call the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration at 1-888-327-4236.