April 4, 2014 – Evenflo Company is recalling car seat models which use a harness crotch buckle that may become difficult to unlatch over time, due to exposure to food and drinks. “This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency situation where prompt exit of the vehicle is necessary,” the company told NHTSA.
The recall includes a variety of convertible and booster seat models manufactured between 2011 and 2014, but it does not include a rear facing infant seat model. Evenflo said the recalled car seats include the Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX), Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select), Maestro (including Performance), Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX), Snugli All-In-One, Snugli Booster, Titan 65, SureRide DLX, and Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400).
In February, Graco Children’s Products Inc. recalled nearly 3.8 million seats for a similar buckle problem. The Graco recall included the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70 models — with the same buckle used by Evenflo. Graco said the alleged defect involves difficulty in depressing the red button that unlatches the harness buckle.
“In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle’s release button,” NHTSA said. That could prevent removal of a child from a car in an emergency situation.
For more information: Owners may contact Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591 or online at www.buckle.evenflo.com.