Occasionally companies must recall car seats in order to better protect your baby. Fortunately, car seat recalls are not very common. If you notice that no new recalls have been posted, that doesn't mean this list isn't being updated!
You should register your car seats with the manufacturer to receive the fastest notification of any applicable recalls. If you have not yet registered your car seat, you can do that easily by calling the manufacturer (there's a phone number right on one of the car seat labels) or visiting their website.
It's also a good idea to check NHTSA's extensive recall list if you borrow a car seat from a friend or need to use an older car seat again after a period of non-use.
Click the headline links for further recall information from NHTSA or the car seat manufacturer.
March 3, 2016 - Transitions car seats manufactured before January 29, 2016, are recalled because a child can reach the center front harness adjuster and loosen the harness. This could allow a child to be improperly restrained, which could lead to injury in a crash. Evenflo will provide a remedy kit to prevent a child from reaching the harness adjuster. Click the headline link to enter model numbers and receive the repair kit.
Feb. 15, 2016 - Some Graco car seats are recalled because the labels do not tell consumers where to find the printed instruction manual and to follow both the instructions and the labels.
Affected models are: ComfortSport 1794333 & 1813040 manufactured March 2014 – February 2015; Classic Ride 1812930 manufactured March 2014 – February 2015; and Ready Ride 1924519 & 1924520 manufactured March 2014 – February 2015. Click the headline link to enter the model number and receive replacement labels.
January 21, 2016 - Britax has received reports of cracks developing around the carry handle on some infant car seats. This could allow the handle to break and a baby to be injured. Please note, this does not affect the crash-worthiness of the car seat. Don't use the carry handle until you have received and installed the repair kit. Affected infant seats were manufactured between October 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015. For a complete list of B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and B-Safe 35 Travel System model numbers affected, please visit the Britax website above. Registered owners will receive a repair kit,
August 2015 - Some Britax Advocate, Boulevard, and Marathon convertible car seats with the ClickTight feature are recalled because the ClickTight button may remain down in the release position after the harness is tightened. Affected car seats were manufactured between August 1, 2014, and July 29, 2015. In the US, the following model numbers are included: E9LT95Q, E9LT95Z, E9LT95N, E1A025Q, E9LT86F, E1A135Q, E9LT86G, E9LT85Q, E9LT86A, E9LT86H, E9LT85S, E1A015Q, E1A016A, E1A016H, E1A166F, E9LT87J, E1A116L, E9LT76P, E9LT71Q, E9LT76N, E9LT76B, E9LT75R, E9LT76L, E1A006B, E1A005R.
In Canada, the following model numbers are included: E9LV31Q, E9LV35R, E9LV36B, E9LV36L, E9LV36N, E9LV45Q, E9LV45S, E9LV46A, E9LV46H, E9LV55N, E9LV55Q, E9LV55Z. If you registered your car seat, Britax will send you a repair kit. If you did not register, visit the manufacturer's website to verify your car seat is included and to order a repair kit.
Recaro ProSport Combination Car Seats
August 20, 2014 - More than 39,000 Recaro ProSport combination harness and booster seats are recalled because they don't meet the federal requirement for head excursion when installed using the lower anchors and no tether. Excessive head movement in a crash increases the risk of injury. ProSport model 385 car seats made between June 16, 2010, and January 31, 2013, are affected. If you registered your car seat Recaro will send you a new set of instructions and new labels that indicate you should stop using LATCH once your child reaches 40 pounds.
If you did not register your car seat, or you have questions about the recall, contact Recaro at 888-973-2276. It is still safe to install this car seat using a seat belt and to properly install it using lower anchors and a tether for children under 40 pounds.
Graco Infant Car Seats
June 30, 2014 - The harness buckles used on about 1.9 million Graco infant car seats are recalled because they can become sticky over time due to build-up of food or drink. This can cause the buckle to be difficult to unlatch. The following models are included:
|Model Name||Dates Produced|
SnugRide Classic Connect
|March 1, 2011 through May 31, 2013|
SnugRide Classic Connect 30
|July 1, 2010 through January 31, 2013|
SnugRide Classic Connect 35
|May 1, 2011 through January 31, 2013|
|SnugRide Click Connect 40||June 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012|
|Aprica A30||July 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012|
Graco will provide registered owners with a replacement buckle. If you did not register your car seat, you should visit GracoBuckleRecall.com to order a new buckle. While you wait for the replacement part, you can clean the existing buckle using manufacturer's instructions.
Evenflo Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats
April 4, 2014 - More than 1.3 million Evenflo convertible car seats and harnessed boosters are recalled because the harness buckle can become stuck in the latched position. This is due to build-up of crumbs or sticky drinks that are spilled in the car seat. If the buckle is functioning normally, there's no risk. The car seat can be used as normal until a replacement buckle arrives. The following car seat models are affected:
|Model Name||Model Number Prefix||Affected Dates of Manufacture|
|Momentum 65, Momentum 65 LX and Momentum 65 DLX||385||3/4/2013 through 8/26/2013|
|Chase, Chase LX and Chase Select||306||6/12/2012 through 10/3/2013|
|Chase LX and Chase DLX||329||8/23/2011 through 3/3/2014|
|Maestro and Maestro Performance||310||8/22/2011 through 10/17/2013|
|Symphony 65, Symphony 65 E3, Symphony LX, Symphony DLX and Snugli All-in-One||345 or 346||10/2/2012 through 8/26/2013|
|Titan 65 and SureRide DLX||371||6/20/2012 through 10/17/2013|
|Secure Kid LX, Secure Kid DLX, Secure Kid 100, Secure Kid 300, Secure Kid 400 and Snugli Booster||308||12/13/2011 through 3/3/2014|
Visit the Evenflo website to order a replacement buckle. You can also use the manufacturer instructions for cleaning the existing buckle if it is difficult to unlatch.
Baby Trend Fastback 3-in-1 Car Seats
April 1, 2014 - More than 16,000 Baby Trend Trendz Fastback 3-in-1 car seats are being recalled because the buckle could become stuck in the latched position so that it can't be unlatched by pushing the release button. Affected models are FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean) that were manufactured between 10/2011 and 7/2013. Baby Trend will notify registered customers and send a replacement buckle. If you did not register your car seat, call the manufacturer at 800-328-7363 to order a new buckle.
Graco Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats
February 12, 2014 - 3.7 million Graco car seats are included in a new recall because the inside of the harness buckle can become sticky over time from food or dried liquids. This could make the buckle harder to open over time and could cause the buckle to stick closed. The recalled seats are fine to use until the new buckle arrives. Recalled models include:
|Model Name||Dates Produced|
Argos 70 Elite
|5/1/2011 through 7/31/2013|
|Classic Ride 50||10/1/2011 through 9/30/2013|
|10/1/2010 through 9/30/2013|
Toddler SafeSeat - Step 2
|1/1/2006 through 4/30/2010|
|My Ride 65|
My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
|4/1/2009 through 7/31/2013; and 9/30/2013*|
|My Ride 70||5/1/2012 through 7/31/2013|
|My Size 70|
Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
|1/1/2012 through 7/31/2013; and 8/3/2013*|
|10/1/2007 through 7/31/2013; and 8/19/2013*|
Smart Seat with Safety Surround
|12/1/2010 through 9/30/2013; and 10/9/2013, 12/25/2013, 1/10/2014*|
* some car seats manufactured after the end date of production were produced
with the subject buckles
Registered owners will receive instructions to order a free replacement harness buckle. Others should visit the Graco recall page to order the replacement buckle.
Combi Coccoro, Zeus Turn, Zeus 360
Jan. 31, 2014 - About 33,139 Combi car seats are recalled because the harness webbing fails to meet minimum breaking strength requirements. The following car seat models are recalled: Coccoro car seats manufactured between January 6, 2009, and December 5, 2012; Zeus 360 car seats manufactured between February 25, 2009, and May 24, 2012; Zeus Turn car seats manufactured between July 15, 2007, and March 25, 2009. Register your car seat with Combi to receive replacement harness webbing. The car seat may be used before the repair kit is installed.
Orbit Baby Base G2
October 24, 2013 - Orbit Baby has recalled some Base G2 units because the Strong Arm knob can detach or spin without tightening the base, which can lead to improper installation that may not protect baby in a crash. The manufacturer will contact owners who have already registered their car seat and base, and will send a Strong Arm repair kit. Owners who have not registered their car seat or Base G2 should do so by visiting Orbit Baby's US or Canadian websites. After registration, customers will receive the repair kit if necessary. Only Base G2 units with model number ORB822000; manufacture date between March 20, 2013 and July 20, 2013; AND batch number A0840, A0860 or A0880 are included in the recall. The car seat can be installed without the base and safely used until the repair kit is installed.
Britax Convertible Car Seats
November 6, 2012 - Britax has recalled some convertible car seat models in the U.S. and Canada because the softer material used for the HUGS pads can be chewed or bitten easily, which could cause small pieces of the pads to come off the car seat. These small pieces pose a choking hazard. All affected car seats were manufactured between June 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2012. In the U.S., Boulevard 70-G3, Pavilion 70-G3 and Advocate 70-G3 convertible car seats with the following model numbers are included in the recall: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y. In Canada, Boulevard 65-G3, Pavilion 65-G3, and Advocate 65-G3 convertible car seats with the following model numbers are included: E9LK11A, E9LK11M, E9LK11S, E9LK13P, E9LK13S, E9LK41A, E9LK41Q, E9LK42D, E9LK42Z, E9LK43Q E9LG91A, E9LG93N, E9LG93P, E9LG93X, E9LG93Y. Britax will send new HUGS pads made from firmer material to owners of affected car seats. Visit britaxconvertiblerecall.com to register for the recall and for additional contact information.
Dorel Infant Car Seats
May 2, 2012 - More than 1,700 Dorel infant car seats are recalled because they were sold without the base that contains the LATCH assembly, which means the car seats do not meet federal standards. OnBoard 35 model number IC124FSM and Comfy Carry model number IC123FSM, manufactured between May 2011 and April 2012, are included in the recall. The company will provide a new base with LATCH system for those who verify that they own an affected model. Registered owners will be notified. Others should call 877-416-8111 or email email@example.com for more information.
Cosco, Safety 1st and Maxi Cosi Car Seat Front Harness Adjuster
Feb. 14, 2011 - Some Mico, OnBoard, Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect and Vantage car seats from Dorel Juvenile Group are included in a new recall if they were manufactured between May 1, 2008, and Apr. 30, 2009. The front harness adjuster can stick in an open position, which can allow the harness to loosen during travel. In a crash, the child may not be properly restrained if the harness is loose. The manufacturer will contact registered owners. Check the list of model numbers by clicking the headline link. If your car seat is included but you did not register it, call 866-623-3139. You'll receive a repair kit with a tube of food-grade lubricant and instructions for applying it to the harness adjuster. This will prevent the harness adjuster from sticking in the open position.