If you’ve bought a car seat in the past few years, make sure you are keeping up-to-date on any recalls. If there is a defect in your child’s safety seat, serious injury can occur. Two car seat manufacturers have recently recalled car seat devices. We’ve researched the important information regarding the recalls and the steps you can take to get a repair kit from each company.
Combi USA Child Safety Seats
Combi USA has issued a recall of over 33,000 child safety seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three lines of child restraints produced before December of 2012 failed to meet the minimum breaking strength requirements. The Charlotte, North Carolina manufacturer requested to be excused from a recall; initially arguing that the standard was “inconsequential to motor vehicle safety.” The NHTSA rejected Combi’s request.
Combi’s recall includes:
- Zeus Turn
- Zeus 360
The harnesses found on the car seat models could break in the event of an accident. According to the CPSC, the error is due to an embedded plastic button in the webbing. Intended to prevent buckle tongues from slipping into the recesses of the restraint, the button has weakened the overall assembly.
No accidents or injuries involving the child restraint models have been reported to Combi, but the company has developed a remedy kit that includes a harness webbing which does not contain the embedded plastic button.
The manufacturer encourages owners of the Coccoro, Zeus Turn, and Zeus 360 to register for a free remedy kit here. Instructions for installing the remedy kit onto the child restraint are also available online.
Combi has recommended that consumers continue to use the restraints until they have received the kit.
Joovy Zoom Car Seat Adapter
After receiving nine reports of incidents, Joovy has issued a voluntary recall of 1,500 car seat adapters. The adapters, sold between May of 2012 and August of 2013, are designed to allow infant car seats to attach to stroller frames.
Joovy’s recalled model numbers are:
- Graco: 00945
- Chicco: 00946
- Peg Perego: 00947
You can find the name and model number in the center of the bar adapter to see if your adapter is part of the recall.
Though there were no injuries, the incident reports describe the attachment mechanism loosening—making the car seat unstable. This flaw presents a fall hazard that can seriously harm infants. The company has developed a repair kit that consumers can sign up to receive free of charge. The CPSC advised that consumers should stop using the adapter completely until they receive the free repair kit.
Safety Tips for Parents
After buying any child safety seat, be sure to register your product if the option is available. By doing so, you will be immediately notified when a recall occurs. Additionally, report any functionality errors to the company. Others may be experiencing the same problem, and the manufacturers must notify the CPSC of any flaws. Depending on the defect, the car seat may be violating safety requirements and can result in the injury or death of a child.
If your child is injured because of a defective car seat, contact an experienced Little Rock personal injury attorney. At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, our Little Rock product liability attorneys are dedicated to holding companies accountable for manufacturing or selling harmful products.