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Dorel Juvenile Group Car Seat Recall

by Francisco Guerra, IV. on 05/08/2012

Consumer Protection and Child Safety Alert

Car Seat

Experienced product liability and automotive defect attorneys warn that Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling car seats. Dorel Infant Child Restraint Models Onboard 35 (Product Number IC124FSM) and Comfy Carry (Product Number IC123FSM) produced from May 2011 through April 2012 were sold without the required car seat base.  The child safety base contains the federally mandated latch attachment assembly.  Without the latch assembly, the Dorel car seats fail to conform to the legal requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”

This is not Dorel’s first car seat recall.  Just last year, in 2011, the company recalled 80,000 child safety seats. That product recall included infant, convertible, and booster child restraint systems marketed under brand names including Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety First. The concern with the 2011recall was that car seat harnesses did not properly lock, and might loosen as a child moves around, raising the risk of injury in a crash.

Child safety seats installed without the latch system are more difficult to properly secure.  Additionally, in a car crash or vehicle rollover, the child may not be appropriately protected and is at an increased risk for injury. Almost 80-percent of all infant car seats are installed incorrectly. That means only one out of every five children is actually safe in his or her car seat.

Every year, more than 1,000 children under age 12 die, and more than 100,000 are injured in car accidents. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in Americans ages 2 to 14. The 'Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system has been one of the most significant advances in child car travel safety, and has been in effect since 2002. 

The LATCH anchors are usually located in the seats closest to the windows.  Car manufacturers have created that design to make it easier for parents to install the car seats. Some vehicles are equipped with center back seat LATCH systems. Each LATCH installation location has two metal bars that protrude slightly from the lower part of the seat. If you are a parent or caregiver to small children please take the time to learn how to securely install the car seats you are using. 

Handling Your Car Seat Recall

DJG will notify owners and supply bases with the required latch systems at no cost to those who verify they have the affected units.  Non-registered owners should call 1-877-416-8111 or email infantlatchrecall@djgusa.com.

If you or someone you know has had a child injured or killed as the result of a defective child safety restraint or unlatched car seat, you should speak with an experienced product liability lawyer.  Mikal C. Watts, Hunter Craft, and the personal injury lawyers of Watts Guerra Craft LLP have handled thousands of automotive defect claims against every major manufacturer.

Tags: Automotive Defects, Car Seats

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