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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Child Seat Safety Recall Campaign Listing -- January 1990 Through December 20, 1999

 

 
INDEPENDENT CHILD
Booster Seat Manufacturers

ALL OUR KIDS JUVENILE PRODUCTS   Out of Business

Model(s): 600 and 602
Production Dates: April 1993 - September 1994
Noncompliance: The nylon fabric in these child safety restraints does not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Nos. 213, "Child Restraint Systems," and 302, "Flammability of Interior Materials."
Corrective Action: All Our Kids is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  95E-013

BABYHOOD INDUSTRIES, INC.   508-791-2555

Model(s): Saddle 820
Production Dates: March 1991
Noncompliance: The child restraint seat cushions do not adequately resist compression/deflection of the seat occupant's head when tested for crashworthiness. These seats do not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Babyhood will replace the seat cushion with a cushion that meets the compression/deflection requirements.
NHTSA No:  92E-012

BABYHOOD MANUFACTURING   508-845-4231

Model(s):  8200
Production Dates:  January 31, 1992, to June 30, 1993
Noncompliance:  These child safety seats do not meet the impact release requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." The buckle could require excessive hand pressure to release and could hamper removal of the child in an emergency situation.
Corrective Action:  Babyhood will provide a modified buckle tip and replacement instructions directly to owners of these seats.
NHTSA No:  93E-032

BASIC COMFORT, INC   800-456-8687

Model(s): Galaxy 2000 Booster Seat Model 960 and 961 (with back).
Production Dates: All Galaxy 2000 Booster Seats are included in the recall.
Noncompliance: When the shoulder belt portion of a vehicle's 3-point safety harness is not properly positioned, excessive chest forces may result during a sudden deceleration. These seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Instructions will be provided to show consumers the proper position for the seat belt when using the Galaxy 2000.
NHTSA No:  98E-036

BRITAX CHILD SAFETY, INC.   800-683-2045

Model(s): Freeway Model 101
Production Dates: June 1, 1996 - April 18, 1997
Noncompliance: The belt buckle can open by lifting up on the "pushbutton" at less than the 9 pound minimum force required in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." This means that a child can more easily open the buckle.
Corrective Action: Britax will provide owners with a newly designed replacement buckle and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  97E-012

CENTURY PRODUCTS   800-762-7463

Model(s): Infant car seats model Nos. 4525, 4535, 4560, 4565, 4575, 4590 and 4-in-1 car seat stroller systems model Nos. 11-570, 11-597, 11-600, and 11-650
Production Dates: September 12, 1995 - May 13, 1996
Defect: Due to mis-assembly of the buckle assemblies, the buckles can release upon impact.
Corrective Action: Century will provide a free replacement buckle kit and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  96E-013

Model(s): Smartmove and Century 4750
Production Dates: November 1995 - February 1996
Noncompliance: This child safety seat utilizes a latch assembly where a variation in the components resulted in the potential for a buckle to release. This does not conform to the dynamic testing requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Century will provide a retrofit kit so owners can easily replace the latch assembly.
NHTSA No:  96E-005

Model(s): 2000STE
Production Dates: December 1991 - April 1992
Noncompliance: The red release button can rotate upward in a crash or sudden stop, making it possible for the buckle to release the shoulder harness.
Corrective Action: Century will provide a kit to retrofit the child safety seat with a modified release button assembly to consumers.
NHTSA No:  93E-012

Model(s): 4353, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4369, 4380, 4450, 4460, 4470, 4475, 4476, 4480, and 4490
Production Dates: September 1989 - April 1992
Defect: Some red buttons shipped to repair buckle release buttons recalled under NHTSA Campaign No. 92E017 were incorrect. The wrong red release button would not allow the strap to engage the buckle correctly, causing a false latch situation.
Corrective Action: Century has issued graphic instructions to all seat owners who may have received the wrong part. The instructions provide details how to determine whether the previously shipped red release button is correct. If the wrong button was shipped and the owner notified Century of the problem, Century will ship the owner the correct button.
NHTSA No:  93E-001

Model(s): 4353, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4369, 4380, 4450, 4460, 4470, 4475, 4476, 4480, and 4490
Production Dates: September 1989 - March 1992
Noncompliance: The red shoulder strap release button can rotate out of the frame in a crash or sudden stop. In this event, the release button could not be activated with less than 16 pounds of force as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Century will provide a kit to retrofit the child safety seat with a modified release button and dress plate to consumers.
NHTSA No:  92E-017

Model(s): 4153, 4163, 4253, 4261, 4263, 4265, 4266, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4380, 4381, 4460, 4470, 4475, 4476, 4470, 4480, and 4490
Production Dates: December 1990 - October 1991
Defect: The Spanish instructions on the positioning label are incorrect.
Corrective Action: Century will provide new labels with corrected Spanish instructions to owners.
NHTSA No:  92E-006

Model(s): 4580, 4581, 4583, 4585
Production Dates: July 1986 - December 1989
Defect: The directions for threading the shoulder straps through the metal retention slides are unclear.
Corrective Action: Century will provide owners with new instructions and a descriptive label so they can re-thread the shoulder straps correctly.
NHTSA No:  91E-042

Model(s): 3000STE Models 4353, 4365, 4366, 4368, and 5000STE Models 4450, 4460, 4470, and 4475
Production Dates: March 1987 - December 1990
Noncompliance: Buckle release force can exceed 16 pounds when not used in appropriate forward latch position for a child weighing 30 pounds or more as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Century will issue notification, change instructions and labeling to indicate that the rear latch position is not to be used with children weighing 30 pounds or more.
NHTSA No:  91E-004

Model(s): 3000STE Models 4365MC, 4365DT, 4366BH, 4368BH and 5000STE Models 4450GD, 4460DT, 4460FE, 4470MC, and 4475GU.
Production Dates: May - June 1990
Noncompliance: Latch tongues broke during impact in routine infant car seat crash testing at 30mph as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." During sever impact, the child might submarine out of the seat with potential for sever injury or death.
Corrective Action: Century will replace the latch tongue.
NHTSA No:  90E-017

Model(s): 4450GD, 4475GA, and 4460FE
Production Dates: December 1988 - November 1989
Noncompliance: These safety seats exceed the post impact buckle release force requirement of 16 pounds maximum during Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems" testing. In a traffic accident, this could prevent the adult or parent from quickly removing the child from the car seat.
Corrective Action: Century will replace the harness assemblies with a new version that includes a modified latch tongue.
NHTSA No:  90E-002

Model(s): 4581, 4583, and 4585
Production Dates: June 1986 - October 1989
Defect: The retaining screws on the handle to the shell can loosen, allowing the handle to separate from the shell.
Corrective Action: Century will provide owners with newly designed screws and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  90E-001

COSCO, INC.   800-221-6736

Models: Arriva - 02-665, 02-732, 02-756, 02-729, 02-733, 02-757, 02-731, and 02-751; and Turnabout - 02-667, 02-761, 02-764, 02-758, 02-759, 02-762, 02-765, 02-760, and 02-763.
Production Dates: March 1, 1995 through September 9, 1997
Defect: When used as an infant carrier, the handle locks on each side of the seat can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to flip forward. When this happens, the infant could fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.
Corrective Action: Cosco will provide the owners with a free repair kit which will make the handle stronger. Owners are also being advised not to carry the seat by the handle until the repair kit has been installed.
NHTSA No.: 99E-022

Model(s): Touriva 5-Point and Touriva Overhead Shield
Production Dates: August 9 - August 22, 1997
Noncompliance: When these seats were tested dynamically per the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems," structural failure occurred in the belt path area of the shell in the forward facing reclined position only.
Corrective Action: Cosco will provide inspection instructions to the owner. If the seat is involved in the campaign, a remedy kit will be provided to the owner.
NHTSA No:  97E-030

Model(s): Arriva 02-741
Production Dates: March 1 - May 31, 1995
Defect: Separation of the buckle latch release button and spring from the latch release housing. The seat will become inoperative as the user will not be able to reinsert the spring and red latch release button properly into the housing.
Corrective Action: Cosco will replace the entire latch release assembly.
NHTSA No:  97E-008

Model(s): Dreamride Ultra
Production Dates: April 1994 - June 1995
Noncompliance: These seats do not meet the maximum back angle requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Cosco will provide a retrofit kit to owners of these seats which will include an easy-to-install metal plate that hooks over the base of the seat and is securely snapped in place by two plastic fasteners.
NHTSA No:  95E-041

Model(s): 02-034 and 02-404
Production Dates: May - August 1994
Defect: In a vehicle crash, at speeds greater that 30 miles per hour, the buckle latch housing mounted in the base of the shell can deform, causing the latch mechanism to fracture, allowing disengagement of the buckle tongue from the buckle housing.
Corrective Action: Cosco will send to owners a replacement buckle housing which can be easily replaced by removing the four screws attaching the original buckle latch assembly.
NHTSA No:  94E-024

Model(s): TLC infant car seat, 01-188-ARQ
Production Dates: April - December 1993
Noncompliance: The ribbon quilt child seat cover has been tested and the material burns faster than the rate established for child seat material. The child seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 302, "Flammability of Interior Materials."
Corrective Action: Cosco will send owners a replacement child safety seat cover.
NHTSA No:  94E-012

Model(s): Dreamride, 02-719-ARQ
Production Dates: January 1, 1989 - January 11, 1994
Noncompliance: The fabric cover of the pads on these seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 302, "Flammability of Interior Materials."
Corrective Action: Cosco will provide a replacement pad for these child seats.
NHTSA No:  94E-008

Model(s): Deluxe Commuter, Model 02-086
Production Dates: November 1, 1987 - February 2, 1988
Defect: The foam seat pad on the child seat was not sealed at the seams, allowing the foam pad to be accessible to the seat occupant.
Corrective Action: Cosco will replace the unsealed foam seat pad with a sealed pad.
NHTSA No:  92E-004

Model(s): Soft Shield Models 02-090 and 02-190 and Auto Trac Models 02-290, 02-790, and 02-890.
Production Dates: October 1989 - June 1990
Noncompliance: The child seat failed to meet the head excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." (Exceeds prescribed 32 inch head excursion limit.)
Corrective Action: Cosco will furnish a repair kit consisting of a harness retainer with installation and use instructions.
NHTSA No:  91E-015

DOWNUNDER   800-677-1718

Model(s): Kangaroo Booster Seats
Production Dates: Booster seat built prior to January 31, 1997
Defect: This is not a safety recall in accordance with Federal Regulation 573. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency.
Corrective Action: Downunder is providing revised instructions to all owners of the Kangaroo Booster seat to help clarify shoulder belt placement. For owners of the Kangaroo Booster Model #3 (models without the velcro shoulder belt positioner), a velcro shoulder belt positioner will be sent to upgrade these boosters.
NHTSA No:  97X-001

EVENFLO JUVENILE FURNITURE COMPANY   800-985-7328

Models: Two-In-One car seats (Models beginning with 636 and 637)
Production Dates: January 7 - March 20, 1998
Noncompliance: The seat's backrest and base can separate when the occupant is restrained by the seat's 5-point harness. If the backrest and base were to separate in an automobile crash, the child in the seat could be injured. These seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraints Systems."
Corrective Action:  Evenflo intends to notify consumers of the potential problem and to provide consumers with a new replacement seat. Consumers will be provided a pre-paid return shipping label and will be asked to return their original seat in the box the replacement seat came in. Evenflo will notify consumers to stop using the seat's internal 5-point harness system, and will advise that the seat can only be used as a belt positioning booster seat.
NHTSA No.:  98E-014

Model(s):   On My Way infant car seat/carrier (Model 207) and On My Way Travel System infant car seat/carrier with stroller base (Model 492)
Production Dates:  December 15, 1995 - July 27, 1997
Defect: The red push button assembly on each side of the seat that is used to latch and adjust the carrying handle can unexpectedly release and cause the seat to flip forward.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide a free repair kit which includes stronger latch buttons and springs. To receive the repair kit, consumers should contact Evenflo at 800-203-2138 only for this recall campaign.
NHTSA No:  98E-003

Model(s): Sidekick booster seat, Model No. 244
Production Dates: April 23, 1996 - May 20, 1997
Noncompliance: These seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems," which limits the head injury criteria. In recent tests on some of these booster seats, the head injury criteria scored more than allowed by this standard.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will reimburse owners either completely or partially depending on whether the seat can be used by the owner's child. Owners are advised to use the sidekick booster seat only as a belt positioner. When used as a belt positioner, the Sidekick must be used without its front shield and only in vehicles equipped with a three point lap/shoulder seat belt system.
NHTSA No:  97E-020

Model(s): Champion, Scout and Trooper, Model numbers beginning with 219, 224, 225, and 229
Production Dates: October 14, 1996 - February 6, 1997
Noncompliance: These seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems.", which limits head excursion. Slippage of the harness webbing can result in loosening of the harness straps.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide a harness adjuster retrofit kit and detailed instructions to the owners.
NHTSA No:  97E-019

Model(s): Scout, Champion, Model numbers beginning with 224 and 229
Production Dates: June 1, 1993 - December 16, 1996
Noncompliance: These seats do not comply with the thorax acceleration requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide a modified recline arm which will alter the restraint's angle and installation instructions for consumers to repair these seats. Meanwhile, consumers are advised to only use these seats in its reclined position until they receive the free modified recline arm.
NHTSA No:  97E-001

Model(s): Trooper Model No. 219
Production Dates: November 1995 - January 1996
Defect: Due to a printing error, the fold-out instruction pamphlet providing information on toddler use was incorrectly labeled for infant use.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will send a new pamphlet to consumers.
NHTSA No:  96E-002

Model(s): On My Way, Model No. beginning with 206
Production Dates: May 1994 - May 1995
Noncompliance: These seats do not meet the sled test requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems," when tested without the detachable autobase.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide a set of plastic inserts to all owners of the "On My Way" infant restraints. Evenflo recommends that owners only use the restraint with the detachable autobase until the plastic inserts are received and installed.
NHTSA No:  95E-024

Model(s):  Champion Model 224, Ultra I Model 231, and Ultra II Model 232
Production Dates:  February 8 - August 4, 1993
Defect:  These seats are equipped with a latching aid, which is a gray or white sleeve located at the base of the webbing to help the consumer to insert the buckle tongue into the receiving end of the buckle. This latching aid can become torn or split or can slip out of position.
Corrective Action:  Evenflo will provide an instruction sheet showing how to remove the plastic sleeve.
NHTSA No:  94E-016

Model(s): 7-year car seat models 453 and 454, and Evenflo booster seats model 471
Production Dates: February 13, 1987 - October 31, 1988
Defect: The black plastic push pins used to attach the pads to the seat structure can be removed by children presenting a possible choking hazard.
Corrective Action: Evenflo will send owners newly designed replacement push pins and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  91E-045

Model(s): Ultara II Model 227
Production Dates: January - June 1990
Noncompliance: These seats fail to comply with the head and knee excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Evenflo will replace the seat shells on these seats.
NHTSA No:  91E-007

Model(s): Dyn-O-Mite, Evenflo Infant Models 201, 202, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 448,456, and 458. One-Step Models 221, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, and 409. Seven Year Car Seat Models 228, 453, and 454. Bobby-Mac Models 411, 412, 414, 415, and 416. One Step Deluxe Models 222, 223, and 417. Evenflo Booster Seat Models 242, 470, and 471.
Production Dates: April - December 1985
Noncompliance: Certain seat buckle and tongue assemblies do not properly engage when latched failing to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide owners with a replacement buckle tongue and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  90E-032

Model(s): Dyn-O-Mite, Evenflo Infant Models 201, 202, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 448, 456, and 458. One Step Models 221, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406,407, 408, and 409. Seven Year Car Seat Models 228, 453, and 454. Bobby-Mac One Step Models 411, 412, 415, and 416. One Step Deluxe Models 222, 223, and 417. Evenflo Booster Models 242, 470, and 471.
Production Dates: January 1986 - April 1990
Noncompliance: Certain seat buckle and tongue assemblies do not properly engage when latched failing to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Evenflo will provide owners with a replacement buckle tongue and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  90E-031

FISHER-PRICE   800-432-5437

Model(s): Safe Embrace, Model 79700
Production Dates: May 19, 1997 - March 29, 1998
Defect: The harness adjuster, used to tighten and lock the harness belts around a child, can malfunction if a spring breaks or dislocates from the correct position. When the harness adjuster fails, it would not properly lock the shoulder belts in place. If this occurs, the child may not be adequately protected in a crash.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will provide owners with a revised restraint adjuster and installation instructions.
NOTE:  For this recall only the contact number is 1-800-355-8882. However, consumers can still receive the free restraint adjuster by dialing 1-800-432-5437.
NHTSA No:  98E-019

Model(s): 9173
Production Dates: September 1 - October 31, 1994
Noncompliance: The seats have an incorrectly positioned label warning that any car seat used in the rear-facing position should not be installed in an automotive seat on which an air bag can deploy. This does not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will send owners a new label with instructions to correctly place the label on the child safety seat.
NHTSA No:  94E-035

Model(s): Deluxe (bolster) Model 9104
Production Dates: June 15 - September 4, 1992
Defect: The red button on the buckle of the child safety seat can dislodge from the casing causing one of the appendages attached to the button to be on the outside of its protective casing. In this condition, the consumer may find it difficult to achieve a securely locked position.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will provide either a replacement child safety seat or a refund of the cost of the seat. The consumers will also have the option of receiving a new buckle assembly when they become available.
NHTSA No:  92E-021

Model(s): 9101
Production Dates: February 8, 1991 - January 24, 1992
Defect: The shoulder belts on car seats using a particular design of connector bar can come free of the connector bar after extended use.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price is providing a plastic cover that fits over the opening on the connector bar that will prevent the shoulder belts from coming free of the connector bar.
NHTSA No:  92E-019

Model(s): 9100 and 9101
Production Dates: May 1987 - January 1989
Defect: The middle plastic laminate inside the buckle of the car seat shield can break, which can make it difficult to latch the shield to the tongue.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will send owners a new shield and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  92E-018

Model(s): 9149
Production Dates: January 1 - February 27, 1991
Defect: The breast shield could separate from the tongue of the restraint assembly in crash conditions because of a faulty buckle frame. This dose not meet with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will replace the breast shield assemblies.
NHTSA No:  91E-019

Model(s): 9100 and 9101
Production Dates:  September 1, 1985 - April 30, 1987
Defect: The button on the shield strap can become loose and removed by a child presenting a choking hazard if the child places the button in their mouth.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price will send a replacement button and installation instructions to owners.
NHTSA No:  90E-038

Model(s): 9100 and 9101
Production Dates: May 1, 1987 - October 31, 1989
Defect: The plastic pin inside the buckle shield can break after force is applied in repeated use.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price is providing owners with installation instructions and a new shield.
NHTSA No:  90E-037

Model(s): 9100
Production Dates: April - August 1985
Defect: The seat metal laminate shield, located inside the shield buckle, can break after repeated use.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price is providing owners with installation instructions and a new shield.
NHTSA No:  90E-036

Model(s): 9100 and 9101
Production Dates: April 1985 - June 1989
Defect: The metallic label glued to the breast shield of the seat can become loose over time presenting a choking hazard to the seat occupant if the child removes the label and places in their mouth.
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price is requesting owners to inspect the shield periodically, and if the label is loose, peel it off and discard it.
NHTSA No:  90E-028

Model(s): 9101
Production Dates: February - March 1990
Noncompliance: The retractor assembly has a "tongue" used to engage the breast shield of the child restraint. A stamping die used on this tongue could cause the part to fail and completely separate in a crash. This does not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Fisher-Price is providing owners with installation instructions and a replacement retractor assembly.
NHTSA No:  90E-008

GERRY BABY PRODUCTS COMPANY - Purchased by Evenflo   800-952-5552

Model(s): 626 and Secure Ride
Production Dates: August 1994 - March 1995
Noncompliance: The seats have an incorrectly positioned label warning that any car seat used in the rear-facing position should not be installed in an automobile seat on which an air bag can deploy. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: A new label will be sent to consumers with instructions on how to correctly use the child seat in the vehicle.
NHTSA No:  95E-008

Model(s): Gerry Guardian
Production Dates: January 31 - May 3, 1990
Defect: The buckles on these child restraints are not stiff enough to prevent a child from releasing the buckle.
Corrective Action: Evenflo is providing owners with a free buckle replacement kit.
NHTSA No:  92E-009

KOLCRAFT PRODUCTS, INC.   800-453-7673

Model(s): Performa
Production Dates: March 1 - October 31, 1996
Noncompliance: The material used in these seats does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 302, "Flammability of Interior Materials."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will replace the material on these infant seats.
NHTSA No  97E-026

Model(s): Performa and Secure Fit
Production Dates: January 26, 1996 - July 31, 1997
Noncompliance:  In the event of a crash, the buckle may be difficult to release, making it harder to remove the child from the car seat. These seats do not comply with the buckle release force requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide owners with installation instructions, a replacement buckle housing kit and the tolls necessary to install the new buckle.
NHTSA No:  97E-024

Model(s): Travel About, Plus 4, Plus 5, and Infant Rider (Models No. 138xx, 368xx manufactured from March 4 - April 30, July 17, July 25, and August 19, 1996), and Travel About, Plus 5 and Carter Travel 5 (Models 13833, 13842, and 13852 manufactured May 1 through September 30, 1996)
Production Dates: March 4 - September 30, 1996
Noncompliance: During compliance testing, a crotch strap assembly separated from the shell of an infant restraint. This does not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide owner with instructions to examine the crotch strap retainer clip and for realigning the clip if it has been mis-installed. A sticker will also be provided for installation on the child restraint notifying the user of the possibility of a misaligned strap retainer clip with simple instructions for its realignment.
NHTSA No:  96E-031

Model(s): Traveler 700
Production Dates: November 1994 - August 1995
Defect: During crashes involving speeds greater than 30 miles per hour and with the seat in a forward position, the buckle can unlatch.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft is providing owners with a new buckle mechanism, instructions, and the tools needed to replace the buckle.
NHTSA No:  95E-035

Model(s): Traveler 700, Automate, Playskool
Production Dates: June 30, 1993 - October 1993
Noncompliance: The tongue of the buckle assembly can corrode. This does not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." Also the label with use and safety instructions is missing from the Playskool model.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide owners with a free replacement harness assembly and installation instructions.
NHTSA No:  93E-025

Model(s): Traveler 700
Production Dates: January - August 1991
Noncompliance: The instruction sticker attached to the child seat is incorrect, since it was written for a different model child seat. This does not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide owners correct instruction stickers.
NHTSA No:  91E-044

Model(s): Perfect Fitt Model 180-200
Production Dates: January 1988 - July 1990
Noncompliance: The bottom cushion of the seat failed to meet the Flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide owners with new seat cushions.
NHTSA No:  91E-043

Model(s): Dial-A-Fitt II Model 180-600
Production Dates: November 1990 - August 1991
Noncompliance: The seat shells failed to comply with the structural integrity standards of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." The plastic seat shells cracked during dynamic impact testing.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will send owners a new seat shell.
NHTSA No:  91E-037

Model(s): Traveler 700
Production Dates: January 1991 - August 8, 1991
Defect: The armrests of the child seat crack and splinter at the attachment to the seat back, leaving springs and sharp pieces of plastic exposed.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will replace the seat with a new seat that eliminates the spring and strengthens the plastic of the armrest.
NHTSA No:  91E-033

Model(s): Playskool Models 140-155 and 180-400
Production Dates: December 1989 - August 1990
Noncompliance: The foam seat cushions fail to conform to the Flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will send owners a new seat cushion.
NHTSA No:  91E-014

Model(s): Perfect Fitt Models 180-200 and 180-150
Production Dates: March 1989 - October 1990
Noncompliance: The seat fails to meet the head and knee excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will send owners a plastic reinforcement tube kit to install in the rear of the seat shell.
NHTSA No:  91E-006

Model(s): Dial-A-Fitt Models 180-200 and 180-300; Perfect Fitt Models 180-100 and 180-150; Rock-N-Ride Model 131-101
Production Dates: January 1987 - August 1989
Defect: The polypropelene fasteners (canoe clip) used to attach the seats can develop hairline cracks or weaknesses that can cause the clip to break.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will send replacement clips to owners.
NHTSA No:  90E-005

Model(s): Dial-A-Fitt Models 180-200 and 180-300
Production Dates: April - June 1989
Noncompliance:  The shoulder straps and assembly do not fit the child snuggly, leadin to the possibility that a child can travel too far forward in a crash. This causes the child seat to fail the head and knee excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will send a new harness to owners.
NHTSA No:  90E-003

Model(s): Infant Rider, Secura, Travel About, Plus 4, Plus 5, Kolcraft Instant Restraint, Kolcraft Infant Car Seat, and Playskool Infant Car Seat.
Production Dates:January 1, 1993 - June 30, 1999
Noncompliance:   When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly move from the intended carrying position.
Corrective Action: Kolcraft will provide consumers with a free handle lock kit and installation procedures. (Kolcraft toll free number for this recall is 877-776-2609.)
NHTSA No:  99E-047

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, INC   1-800-367-6372

Model(s): Mercedes-Benz Infant Restraint (5-20lbs) and Booster Seat (40-100 lbs) equipped with the BabySmart™ airbag deactivation device.
Production Dates: February 1, 1997, through July 31, 1999
Defect: If the Mercedes-Benz Infant Restraint or the Booster Seat is incorrectly positioned or moves several inches or more forward of the seat back in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes-Benz BabySmart™ equipped vehicles, it may not automatically deactivate the passenger front airbag. The status of the BabySmart™ system in the vehicle will, however, always correctly indicate to the driver if the airbag is deactivated or not, by the illumination or non-illumination of the "AIRBAG OFF" indicator.
Corrective Action: Mercedes-Benz will contact owners and instruct them to bring the recall restraints/seats to a Mercedes-Benz retailer for a replacement seat free of charge. A video illustration of the correct installation procedure will also be provided with every replacement seat.
NHTSA No.: 99E-024

PORSCHE CARS (Porsche)   1-800-545-8039

Model(s): Porsche Carrera, 911, and Boxter model vehicles equipped with the child seating system air bag deactivation kit.
Production Dates: 1997 and 1998
Defect: Due to a manufacturing problem, the contact buckle does not deactivate the air bag
Corrective Action:  Dealers will install a modified air bag deactivation kit.
NHTSA No:  98E-005

RENOLUX (FBS,Inc.)   [Out of business]

Model(s): GT7000
Production Dates: January 1989 - August 1992
Defect: The electric motor powering the reclining child seat is powered by the automobile battery/auxiliary power system through the cigarette lighter. The wiring used to connect the child seat to the cigarette lighter overheats and melts the plastic wire covering.
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  94E-009

Model(s): GT2000, GT4000, GT5000, and GT7000
Production Dates: May 1989 - June 1993
Noncompliance: The tweed car seat cover with red and yellow highlight striped fabric does not meet the minimum flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  94E-003

Model(s): GT2000, GT4000, GT5000, and GT7000
Production Dates: January 1992 - January 1993
Noncompliance: The child safety seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." The padding behind the head of the seat occupant does not have sufficient compression deflection resistance.
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  93E-018

Model(s): GT5000 Turn-A-Tot
Production Dates: February 1990 - April 1991
Noncompliance: The seat covers (striped covers) failed the flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  91E-018

Model(s): GT5000 Turn-A-Tot
Production Dates: February 1990 - April 1991
Noncompliance: These seats failed to meet the head excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  91E-011

Model(s): GT1000 and GT2000
Production Dates: August - October 1988
NHTSA Recall Number: 90E013
Noncompliance: The seat failed to meet the pre-impact buckle release force requirements and back support angle requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  90E-013

RENOLUX (FBS, Inc.)   [Out of business]

Model(s): GT7000
Production Dates: January 1989 - August 1992
Defect: The electric motor powering the reclining child seat is powered by the automobile battery/auxiliary power system through the cigarette lighter. The wiring used to connect the child seat to the cigarette lighter overheats and melts the plastic wire covering.
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  94E-009

Model(s): GT2000, GT4000, GT5000, and GT7000
Production Dates: May 1989 - June 1993
Noncompliance: The tweed car seat cover with red and yellow highlight striped fabric does not meet the minimum flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  94E-003

Model(s): GT2000, GT4000, GT5000, and GT7000
Production Dates: January 1992 - January 1993
Noncompliance: The child safety seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." The padding behind the head of the seat occupant does not have sufficient compression deflection resistance.
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  93E-018

Model(s): GT5000 Turn-A-Tot
Production Dates: February 1990 - April 1991
Noncompliance: The seat covers (striped covers) failed the flammability requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  91E-018

Model(s): GT5000 Turn-A-Tot
Production Dates: February 1990 - April 1991
Noncompliance: These seats failed to meet the head excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  91E-011

Model(s): GT1000 and GT2000
Production Dates: August - October 1988
NHTSA Recall Number: 90E013
Noncompliance: The seat failed to meet the pre-impact buckle release force requirements and back support angle requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: FBS is no longer in business.
NHTSA No:  90E-013

VIRCO MANUFACTURING CORPORATION - Note:  Virco has sold the child safety seat manufacturing portion of the company and there are no new seats available for replacement.

Model(s): Pride Trimble Model 832
Production Dates: January 1988 - April 1989
Noncompliance: These seats fail to meet the head excursion requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Consumers can remove the optional shield attachment or return the car seat to Virco for a full replacement.
NHTSA No:  90E-004

 
 

 

MOTOR VEHICLES
Integral Child Seats

CHRYSLER CORPORATION   800-992-1997

Model(s):  1996 - 1997 Town and Country, Caravan, Grand Caravan, Voyager, and Grand Voyager
Production Dates:  January 1, 1995 - July 31, 1997
Defect:  Mini vans equipped with integrated child seats. The shoulder harness restraint on the integrated child seat can become difficult to extract when the safety belt latch plate becomes contaminated. This can cause difficulty in releasing a child from the restraint.
Corrective Action:  Dealers will clean the latch mechanism. An extender will be added to the emergency release anchor for the child safety seat belts so that the release clips are more visible and accessible to the operator in the event that the retractor mechanism can not be unlocked. In addition, an instructional owner's manual supplement card will be provided.
NHTSA No:  98V-185

Model(s): 1998 Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with integral child seats.
Production Dates: November - December 1997
Defect: The shoulder harness restraint webbing was incorrectly routed around the metal reinforcement bar on these seats and the child seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect and correct any shoulder belt webbing which is improperly routed.
NHTSA No:  97V-231

Model(s): 1996 - 1997 Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with integral child seats.
Production Dates: July 1996 - May 1997
Defect: This is not a safety recall campaign in accordance with 573. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency. The latch plate can remain in the locked position due to food or other items which might prevent the latch plate from moving back.
Corrective Action: Owners are being provided with a video tape and two harness clips that instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats.
NHTSA No:  97I-001

Model(s): 1996 Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.
Production Dates: Vehicles produced from June - July 1996
Defect: The bolts which secure the integrated child seat modules to the seat frame can break.
Corrective Action: Chrysler dealers will replace the integrated child seat module bolts.
NHTSA No:  96V-136

FORD MOTOR COMPANY   800-392-3673

Model(s): 1998 Windstar
Production Dates: January 1997
Defect: Second row bench seats with optional integrated child seats (ICS). The headrest lockout mechanism on the seats may not engage and lock the headrest in the "down" position, as intended, when the ICS is deployed. A vehicle occupant could move the headrest to the "up" position. As a result of the headrest being in the "up" position, a child seated in the ICS would receive less than the intended protection in the child headrest area in the event of a crash.
Corrective Action: The second row bench seats have been replaced with seats built with revised headrest lockout mechanisms.
Notes: All owners have been notified and the seats have been replaced in the affected vehicles.
NHTSA No:  97V-051

GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION   800-222-1020 (CHEVROLET) and 800-462-8782 (GMC)

Models:  1996-1998 Chevrolet and GMC ML model vans equipped with integral dual child safety seats.
Production Dates:  May 1996 to September 1997
Noncompliance:  Some of these vehicles may be missing a seat belt retractor clutch spring and/or pawl spring in the child seat. If the clutch spring were missing from the retractor, the seat belt would lock in the retract position and could not be used. If the pawl were missing from the retractor, the seat belt restraint would continually play out and would not lock. This could increase the occupant's risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash. These seats fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action:  To prevent the possibility or this condition occurring, dealers are to inspect the seat belts on the child seat, and if necessary, replace the child seat.
NHTSA No:  99V-009


 

 
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