Earlier this week, nearly 175,000 child car seats made by Recaro were recalled after it was determined that the tether securing the seats to vehicles may break.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Recaro child car seat recall on September 15. The recall was issued when quality tests on a number of the car seats showed that the tether at the top of the seat may break loose from the seat.
Though no injuries have been reported in association with this defect at this time, it is possible that a broken tether could cause a child to come free from the seat in the event of an accident. This could pose serious risk to both the child and other vehicle occupants.
The NHTSA says that the recalled Recaro car seats do not meet the requirements set for child restraint in vehicles by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Affected by this recall are Recaro ProRIDE child car seats were manufactured between April 9, 2010 and June 9, 2015 with model number 332.01 as well as Performance RIDE child car seats bearing model number 333.03 and manufactured between January 15, 2013 and June 9, 2015. The seats come in a wide range of colors.
According to an article featured by CNBC, Recaro will send all registered owners of Recaro child car seats affected by the recall new webbing and instructions which will allow them to properly secure the seats. At the time of the recall, the federal government stressed the importance of registering all child car seats with their manufacturers, so that individuals affected by recalls may be promptly alerted to any risks.
Individuals who are not sure whether their child car seats have been affected by the Recaro car seat recall may contact the company directly at 1-866-628-4750.
Whether you own a Recaro child car seat or another brand of child car seat, it is vitally important that you make sure the seat is properly installed and routinely check the seat for signs of damage. The NHTSA website has a section designed to teach parents and others the essential points of child car seat safety, which can be viewed here.
Fortunately, no children have been reported to be injured by potentially defective recalled Recaro car seats. When auto parts or other features of your vehicle, including child safety seats, prove to be defective or unsafe, serious and even fatal consequences may result. To learn more about how a qualified personal injury attorney can help victims of dangerous or defective products including auto parts pursue just compensation, please contact us today for a free legal consultation.