Baby Seat Recalls illustrate how important it is to educate parents and childcare providers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals an incredible number of recalls and/or safety concerns for many baby seats/carriers.

Even when child safety seats are recalled, it is often extremely difficult to get the unsafe child seats off the streets. In 1993, the recall completion rate stood at a paltry 24%. Although this number has increased to 50% by the year 2000, roughly half of all recalls do not result in getting all the unsafe child seats off the streets. Representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have accused baby seat manufacturers of producing products that meet the minimum safety standards set forth by NHTSA.

Child safety seat problems often involve defective handles (unexpected releases, weak construction, unexpected rotation, etc.) Nearly 500 injuries to infants have occurred since 1998 on recalled car seat/carrier models–to both restrained and unrestrained children. When recalls are issued, they often consist of warning notices to parents and childcare providers to not lift and carry the seat by the defective handle until the problem has been fixed. Many of the recent recalls did not involve the actual performance of the car seat and, as such, the recall notice stated that these recalled seats could still be used as car seats.

All of the recent recalls illustrate how important it is to educate parents and childcare providers on the issues of child safety seat/carrier recalls.

  • Evenflo Company, Inc.
  • Century Products
  • Kolcraft Enterprises
  • Cosco Inc.
  • Evenflo Company, Inc.

 

T he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals an incredible number of recalls and/or safety concerns for many baby seats/carriers.

Even when child safety seats are recalled, it is often extremely difficult to get the unsafe child seats off the streets. In 1993, the recall completion rate stood at a paltry 24%. Although this number has increased to 50% by the year 2000, roughly half of all recalls do not result in getting all the unsafe child seats off the streets. Representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have accused baby seat manufacturers of producing products that meet the minimum safety standards set forth by NHTSA.

Child safety seat problems often involve defective handles (unexpected releases, weak construction, unexpected rotation, etc.) Nearly 500 injuries to infants have occurred since 1998 on recalled car seat/carrier models–to both restrained and unrestrained children. When recalls are issued, they often consist of warning notices to parents and childcare providers to not lift and carry the seat by the defective handle until the problem has been fixed. Many of the recent recalls did not involve the actual performance of the car seat and, as such, the recall notice stated that these recalled seats could still be used as car seats.

All of the recent recalls illustrate how important it is to educate parents and childcare providers on the issues of child safety seat/carrier recalls.

  • Evenflo Company, Inc.
  • Century Products
  • Kolcraft Enterprises
  • Cosco Inc.
  • Evenflo Company, Inc.

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