Evenflo Initiates Voluntary Safety Recall of Select Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats

Company is Committed to Safety and Helping Parents Replace Crotch Buckles on Affected Units

MIAMISBURG, OH, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Evenflo Company, Inc., a trusted partner in keeping children safe and protected, is initiating a voluntary recall of select convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats due to the harness crotch buckle. The buckles, which meet all requirements for crashworthiness, may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the seats by toddlers. This condition may make it difficult to remove children from the seat. This Canadian recall involves seats that were built between 2011 and 2014, including select Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony,  SureRide, SecureKid, Snugli All-in-One and Snugli Booster models. The affected convertible car seats and harnessed boosters can continue to be used to transport children safely, if the buckles are functioning normally and do not demonstrate unlatching issues. Evenflo has received no reports of injuries to children in connection with these buckles.

The company is sending a consumer notice to registered owners of the affected seats to inform them of the action, and is working with retailers to ensure that impacted convertible car seats and harnessed boosters are no longer available for sale.

Evenflo will also make available a free remedy kit to consumers that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for installing the new buckle. Owners should visit www.buckle.evenflo.com or call 1-800-490-7591 to identify if their seat is affected and to order the remedy kit.

Importantly, the convertible car seats and harnessed boosters affected by this recall are entirely crashworthy, so they may be used while consumers wait for replacement buckles. Individuals experiencing difficulty unlatching affected buckles before their remedy kit arrives should clean buckles to allow them to function properly. Instructions for cleaning can be found at the dedicated website listed above.

Affected convertible car seats and harnessed boosters include only the following model number prefixes: 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 and 385, and fall within the dates of manufacture listed below. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label on the back of the seat. Consumers are urged to visit www.buckle.evenflo.com to confirm if their seat is impacted.

Model Names/Nom de modèle

Model Number

Prefix/ Numéro de modèle préfixe

Affected Dates of

Manufacture/Dates de

fabrication concernées

Chase LX and DLX

306 and 329

10/28/2011 through 10/3/2013

Secure Kid LX, 400 and Snugli Booster

308

1/1/2012 through 2/6/2014

Maestro

310

10/3/2011 through 10/17/2013

Symphony 65, DLX, LX and Snugli All-in-One

345 and 346

11/30/2012 through 8/26/2013

SureRide DLX

371

6/1/2013 through 6/24/2013

Momentum 65 DLX

385

5/1/2013 through 5/31/2013

"Safety is Evenflo's number-one priority," says Scott Weiss, Evenflo's CEO. "With many of us being parents ourselves, we design, engineer and rigorously test our products with the goal of truly creating a safer more peaceful ride for both children and caregivers. Despite our best efforts, sometimes issues arise during everyday use, even after products have passed all federal safety tests. It is with an abundance of caution that we voluntarily recall these seats, and we are working closely with Transport Canada to ensure parents are alerted."

The company requests that consumers of affected seats contact Evenflo for a free remedy kit by visiting  www.buckle.evenflo.com or calling 1-800-490-7591 between 8 am and 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday. Consumers are urged not to return seats to retail stores.

About Evenflo

Evenflo Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of infant and juvenile products. Majority-owned by Weston Presidio, Evenflo was founded in 1920 and is a top supplier of infant and juvenile products to major retailers. The company's product offering spans a broad range of essential categories, within which it enjoys several #1 or #2 market share positions. For more information on Evenflo, visit www.evenflo.com.

SOURCE Evenflo

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