The Recall List is based on the latest
information received and verified as of 06/19/13
The SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. List of Recalls and Replacement Parts was revised on 11-10-12. The latest recall is for the Britax Advocate 70-G3, Boulevard 70-G3, and Pavilion 70-G3. New models without a recall have been added.
Is your child safety seat
Read below about recalls and child restraints.
Special features of this
It's more than just a Recall List; read about it below.
How to Get the Recall List
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of Recalls and Replacement Parts."
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How can you tell if your child safety seat is safe?
Make sure the safety seat is less than 10 years old (preferably less than five) ), the expiration date stamped on the plastic has not passed, and it has never been used in a crash. You can't be sure about the history of a used safety seat unless you got it from a friend or relative. You will need the detailed instruction booklet (it can be ordered from the manufacturer if it is missing) to check that the safety seat has all of its parts and to find out how to use it correctly. Check for possible damage, such as cracks in the plastic, frayed straps, stiff buckles or harness adjusters. If the safety seat passes all of these criteria, you still need to check for possible recalls.
What is a child safety seat recall?
Just like cars and other products, a child safety seat may be "recalled" because of a defect which could injure your child. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem free of charge. If your safety seat is recalled, be sure to get it fixed right away.
Does the child safety seat have to be sent back?
Not usually. Most problems can be fixed by replacing a part that the manufacturer will send you for free. Sometimes, with an older safety seat or when the company is out of business, you may need to destroy it. To make sure it is not picked up by someone and used by another child, you should break it with a sledgehammer, crush it, or take it completely apart and mark it "not for use as a child safety seat" before throwing it away wrapped securely in a heavy trash bag.
Should I keep using a recalled child safety seat?
Many defects are minor, but some are serious. All problems should be corrected as soon as possible. Unless you have another safety seat, you should go on using the recalled one while you are waiting for the repair kit. Using a recalled safety seat almost always is safer than letting your child ride in a safety belt only.
How can I register my child safety seat or report a problem?
New safety seats come with registration cards. When you buy a new safety seat, be sure to send in the card to register it. Then the manufacturer can let you know by mail if your child's safety seat has been recalled. If you have an older safety seat and the company is still in business, you can get a registration form from the manufacturer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
If you think your child safety seat has a problem which could be a safety defect, call the manufacturer, NHTSA, and SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. to report it. Many serious problems are discovered from reports by parents.
Take your safety seat out of the car and bring it with you to the computer. To use the recall list, you will need to find this information on the safety seat:
1. The name of the manufacturer.
2. The name of your specific model. Important: the model name may not be found anywhere on the safety seat, and many safety seats have similar model names. Some infant-only seats are sold as a part of a stroller system. Since stroller model names are not included on this list, it is necessary to determine the name of the corresponding infant seat to be sure all recalls and warnings have been found. Some manufacturers have style names (i.e., Oshkosh, Disney characters, etc.) sewn on the fabric or used in promotional materials. These names are used for more than one product and cannot be used to determine whether or not the seat has a recall. If you are not sure of the exact name of your safety seat, contact the manufacturer or SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. to help you identify it.
3. If you are sure of the EXACT name of your safety seat, you are ready to look it up on the recall list. Go to the "jump" list, click on the manufacturer's name, then scroll down to the model name of your safety seat. Every child safety seat model made since 1981 is on the list, either as a part of a recall or under the "no recall" section at the end of each manufacturer's section.
4. If your model has a recall listed, you need to compare the date of manufacture of your particular safety seat with the dates affected by the recall. The date is stamped on a paper sticker attached to the side or the back of the safety seat. Disregard dates on tags attached to the fabric cover, embossed in the plastic shell, or pre-printed in the corner of certification or instruction labels. For some recalls, you also will need to check the model number, which is found on the same sticker as the date. If the date sticker is missing or the date is not clearly marked, assume that all possible recalls apply to your safety seat.
1. New recalls are added to this list as soon as they can be verified. Recall Update Service subscribers receive notification by email. To verify that a printed copy of this list is current, view the latest revision.
2. Voluntary customer notification campaigns, special warnings, and additional replacement parts available from manufacturers are included on the list. Some of these are not widely announced and are provided for the benefit of parents and child restraint checkers. The bracketed phrase [Not a recall] distinguishes these items from official recalls. If a child restraint with one of these problems or any defect which has not been recognized with an official recall is found, it is important to notify officials responsible for defect investigations. Please call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 or 800-424-9393 to get a child restraint defect report form or contact SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. for a copy of the form. Please fill out the form, mail the original to NHTSA, and mail a copy to SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. at P. O. Box 553, Altadena, CA 91003.
3. Recall wording including manufacturer contact information, has been clarified and updated. The “Problem” is described clearly and briefly. The wording under “Action Needed” is based on current information supplied by the manufacturer instead of the original recall notice, which may contain ambiguous or obsolete information.
4. Model names are listed alphabetically. For ease of use and accuracy, all recalls are grouped by the model name of the restraint. Model numbers are also listed, if provided by the manufacturer.
5. All child restraints made since 1981, with or without a recall, are listed, with those made prior to 1990 identified separately at the end of each manufacturer's section. This is followed by a list of the child restraints with no recalls in effect. This feature saves time, since it allows parents and checkers to know "when to stop." It can also prevent the dangerous error of assuming a child restraint is not recalled because the model name is not found.
6. When problems with instruction booklets are identified, corrections and updates are obtained from manufacturers and added to the list.
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