Chicagoland parents, check your child’s car seat. Dorel Juvenile Group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued a voluntary recall for certain Safety 1st rear-facing infant child restraints.
According to Dorel’s press release regarding the recall, the company’s data “indicates some consumers purchased an infant child restraint that did not include a base with the lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH).”
The models affected are IC123 FSM Comfy Carry Infant Child Restraint and IC124 FSM OnBoard 35 Infant Child Restraint manufactured from May 1, 2011, through April 25, 2012.
According to the NHTSA, approximately 1,700 units are affected by the voluntary recall. The NHTSA further stated that without the LATCH system, the seat may be more difficult to properly secure. In addition, in the event of a vehicle crash, “the child may not be adequately protected and is at an increased risk for injury.”
To find the model number and manufacture date, look for a sticker on either the back or side of the child restraint that says “manufactured in.” The model number will begin with “IC.”
Dorel will contact all registered owners of the affected units and provide them with information on how to obtain a free infant base with LATCH.
Customers can also call Dorel at (877) 416-811 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or send the company an email at email@example.com for information on obtaining the free infant base with LATCH. Consumers can also contact Dorel through this link.
In the press release, Dorel also advised that the affected infant child restraints should not be returned to the store where they were obtained.
Dorel’s products are sold at a number of national chains, including Meijer, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and Babies “R” Us, and through online retailers, including Amazon.com, BabyAge.com, and Diapers.com.
Consumers can sign up for information on all recalled products at Recalls.gov. In addition, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website has a complete list of recalled products.