A NATIONAL RECALL of infant car seats has been announced due to the seats having a faulty mechanism that makes it more likely for children to get injured.
The recall includes various models of car seats, with the maker explaining that the seats “fail to conform” to federal safety requirements.
The seats that are recalled are from the brand Maxi Cosi, and include a variety of models like the Safety 1st onBoard 35 SecureTech, Maxi-Cosi Coral XP, Maxi-Cosi Mico XP, Maxi-Cosi Mico XP Max, the Maxi-Cosi Mico Luxe+ and the Maxi-Cosi Infant Car Seat Base.
The seats that are affected are only the ones equipped with the self-retracting latch systems in their base.
This means that over 59,400 car seats have been recalled.
“Consumers may continue to safely use these car seats with the base installed using the vehicle belt, or with carrier shell only installation using the vehicle belt, consistent with the existing instruction booklet and labels,” reads Maxi Cosi’s statement.
“A free replacement base will be sent directly to you when it becomes available.
“Please see further details below regarding models impacted as well as how to register for a replacement base.”
The products that are affected range were manufactured from the dates May 1, 2020, to February 28th, 2023, and include seats sold in Canada and other countries.
Customers that have registered their car seats will receive a notification via email or letter.
They will also receive a free replacement of the damaged piece once it’s available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained how the car seats may fail.
“When the car seat is installed into the vehicle with the base secured using the lower anchors, the seat may detach,” explained the NHTSA.
“A detached child seat may not properly restrain the occupant, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.”
Despite the concerning nature of the recall, the company has received no reports of injuries related to the car seats.