Child Safety Seats Recalled
Though 2014 is just getting underway, there is already a recall to talk about. This one concerns a child safety seat that may put children in significant danger. Combi USA Inc., based in North Carolina, has issued a recall for three of their child safety seat products last week, after it was discovered that the child safety devices were “deemed incompatible” with the child restraint system standards set by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
According to the press release announcing the recall, an estimated 33,000 of the company’s Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360 models of child safety seats have been recalled to correct a problem in which restraints are potentially defective, because the webbing that was used on the seat’s harness has a button that can prevent the buckle from sliding into the restraint, thus preventing the harness from hooking together properly.
Independent testing has shown that the button can cause the child restraint system to fail to meet minimum breaking strength requirements. According to the press release, “The embedded plastic button affects the overall strength of the seat belt assembly, and in turn could potentially affect the overall performance of the child restraint in the event of a crash.” Thus far, according to the press release, no injuries or accidents have been reported in connection to the recalled products.
According to reports, Combi previously asked to not participate in the recall, even though it had failed to meet the federal safety standards, because they felt that the discovery of the defect was “inconsequential to motor vehicle safety.”
The affected child safety seats include the following:
- Combi Coccoro Child Restraint model 8220, that were manufactured between Jan. 6, 2009 and Dec. 5, 2012
- Combi Zeus Turn Child Restraint model 8815, that were manufactured between July 15, 2007 and March 25, 2009
- Combi Zeus 360 Child Restraint model 8836, that were manufactured between Feb. 25, 2009 and May 24, 2012
Consumers who have one of these devices are being advised that they can continue to use the child safety seats, since the child safety seat, overall, complied with federal standards. According to Combi, the repair kit will be available for online order on February 6. Online repair directions for these devices are currently available online.
If you have one of these car seats, follow the details of the recall and repair it. However, if your child has been injured due to this or any other child safety seat, please contact the Texas Defective Product Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights