When it comes to the safety of your children, you don’t want to take any chances. So why don’t child safety product recalls get more attention?
It’s possible that you bought one of these car seats and booster seats without ever realizing the product was later recalled. That’s because the only way you’ll get notified of a product recall is if you registered your purchase with the company. And let’s be honest–how many of us actually do that?
If you’ve bought a car seat or booster seat in the past three years, then you might be affected by these recalls without even knowing it. Recalls of child safety restraints are covered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, not the Consumer Product Commission, making it even more confusing to find out whether your car seats have been recalled.
In 2017, manufacturer Diono recalled over 500,000 child car seats. The Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier convertible and booster car seats were all found to be ineffective in the event of a crash.
Safety investigators found that the seats could pose “an increased risk of a chest injury in the event of a crash.” The seats were deemed not effective in protecting children during a car wreck, and the company offered a free chest clip for the belts as well as an updated instruction manual. Owners may contact Diono customer service at 1-855-215-4951.
Booster seats manufactured by Harmony Juvenile Products were recalled in April 2018. Almost 150,000 booster seats failed to meet federal regulations. During a crash, the seat belt “may cause excessive force to be applied to the restrained child’s chest,” according to the official notice from the NHTSA.
Harmony replaced the Big Boost Deluxe booster seats free of charge, but only to those customers who bought it directly from a retailer. You can contact Harmony customer service at 1-877-306-1001.
In yet another recall of child safety equipment, 6,400 WAYB Pico child seats were pulled from the market in August 2019. The headrests of the seats could break during a crash and detach. That poses a risk not just to children but all passengers of the car, as the headrest (and its metal frame) could become flying debris.
The manufacturer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-924-9292.
Babidéal Storm Booster Car Seats, which were sold exclusively at Family Dollar, were recalled in October 2019. The seats did not have the correct safety warnings included on their labels. While this might seem like a minor issue compared to the other recalls on the list, it’s still important that safety equipment for children meets all federal guidelines.
The company offered a free replacement cover for the seats with the updated warning label. Dorel China America, Inc. is available for questions at 1-877-657-9546 or text 1-812-373-6673.
Our final recall involves Angel Guard car beds, manufactured by Merritt Manufacturing, Inc. The Angel Guard Angel Ride car beds were recalled in November 2019. The restraint harness was improperly attached at the buckle, making it possible for the harness to break during a crash.
Merritt began notifying owners in January 2020. The company is offering replacement harnesses to fix the issue. You can contact them at 1-317-409-0146 for more information.