Evenflo has recalled more than 18,000 Maestro combination booster seats due to a potential safety hazard.
Evenflo, one of the nation’s largest producers of child and baby products, has recalled Maestro combination booster seats “to address a crack that occurred in certain laboratory tests simulating a high-impact, frontal collision.” The recall is voluntary and “there have been no reports of this crack occurring in the field and no injuries have been reported.” But, this hazard can cause a child to be improperly restrained in the seat.
During a crash test, it was discovered that the five-point harness failed and cracked the bottom of the seat, making it increasingly dangerous for future use. The $80 car seat, which is one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Best Bets” for booster seat safety, is designed to be used by both babies and young children — the five-point harness for infants and the booster seat for children. The failures in the crash test only occurred when the car seat was in harness mode and not booster seat mode.
The U.S. recall involves 13,792 seats with model numbers that begin with 310 that were built between November 24, 2009 and April 9, 2010. In Canada, the initiative involves seats with a model number that begins with 310 that were built between December 17, 2009 and April 26, 2010. Any Maestro combination booster seats built after April 2010 are not affected by the recall.
The company will make available a fix-kit with an easily installed bracket to reinforce the seat. For more information, go to the Evenflo website. The company advises that the seat should not be used by any child under 40 pounds without the repair kit. Children over this weight can continue to use the booster seat until the bracket is installed.
Model numbers affected by the recall include in the U.S. are 3101198, 3101980, 31011048, 31011049, and 31011059. In Canada, the affected model number is 31011057C. Company reps note that the model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label behind the seat above the highest shoulder belt slot.
If you’ve been affected by this recall, call (U.S.) 800-233-5921 and (Canada) 800-265-0749 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit Evenflo’s recall site. You must have your model number available. Make sure to check and see if you are affected and keep your children safe!