Media Advisory - Important Safety Information - Combi Infant Carrier Separation from Base



    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Transport Canada is advising the public of
a safety issue with respect to the Combi infant carrier models listed below.
This safety notice affects 536 units. The following models, manufactured
between August 5, 2006 and October 27, 2007, are affected:

    
    Centre DX:               781395/981395, 789462/998047
    Centre ST:               784850/991465, 784850S/991465
    Cosmo ST Travel System:  714650/991465
    

    Safety Risk: Any moderate to severe collision could exert enough force on
the latching system of the infant carrier to cause it to separate from its
base. It is therefore imperative that the infant carrier be securely fastened
without its base with the vehicle's seat belt, in accordance with the
manufacturer's instructions, until a repair kit is received.
    Consumer Action and Recourse: Consumers who have completed and returned
their registration card, or registered their infant car seat on-line at
www.combi.ca, will receive a repair kit free of charge. Those who have not
registered their infant car seat should contact ISIS Inc., the importer of the
Combi infant carrier, at 1-800-667-4111. Again, the infant carrier should not
be used with the base until the repair kit is received. Consumers should not
return the affected units to a retailer.
    Transport Canada Investigation and Company Action: During in-vehicle
evaluation and research testing performed by Transport Canada's
Crashworthiness Research Division, at the Department's motor vehicle test
facilities in Blainville, Quebec, four Combi infant carriers separated from
their bases. Additional sled testing and analysis determined that the
separation was due to inertial unlatching of the release mechanism.
    The manufacturer and the importer attended a meeting called by Transport
Canada on February 7, 2008, to review these test results and examine the
affected units. From this meeting, it was determined that the shell of the
infant carrier is prone to separating from its base due to inertial unlatching
of the release mechanism when subjected to moderate to severe frontal
collisions.
    Transport Canada advised the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation on the
findings of this investigation.
    A public information notice was issued by Transport Canada on March 4,
2008, and further information on the affected Combi infant carrier systems can
be found on Transport Canada's website at:
    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/childsafety/notices/TP14566P/2008p01/menu.htm




For further information:

For further information: Media requiring more information: Media
Relations, Transport Canada, (613) 993-0055


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