When a new parent puts their young child into a car seat, the intention is to keep them as safe as possible. They expect that, should there be an accident, the car seat will keep them in place and keep them from flying around the cabin or even out of the car. Sometimes, however, children’s car seats fail because of a manufacturing defect or a faulty design.
Last week, children’s car seat manufacturer Evenflo issued a voluntary recall of more than 56,000 of their Transitions 3-in-1 car seats because the design is such that it allows the child enough access to the inside of the harness to possibly loosen it. If the harness isn’t completely snug, the child is at a greater risk of injury in a crash. The company reports that they discovered the design flaw as they were reviewing their customer feedback, which identified the potential safety problem.
The company has noted that the problem only occurs when the seats are used in one of its three modes; specifically, its forward-facing harnessed booster mode. The problem does not apply to consumers who use the seat in the second and third modes: the high-back belt-positioning mode and the no-back belt-positioning mode.
The recall applies to Evenflo Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats with model numbers 34411686, 34411695, and 34411029. The seats have production dates between December 18, 2014, and January 29, 2016. Those consumers who have purchased one of these seats will be contacted or they can contact the company and they will be offered a free remedy kit that will eliminate the child’s access to the inside part of the harness thus making it virtually impossible for them to loosen the seat.
To date, there have been no reports of injury associated with this defect, and Evenflo has pointed out that this recall is made out of an abundance of caution.
If you have one of these Evenflo car seats, follow the details of the recall because it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In the meantime, if your child has been injured due to a defective child safety seat or any other defective child safety product, please contact the Texas Defective Product Injury Lawyer atthe Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can help you protect your rights.