Evenflo is recalling 1.37 million of its own car seats over a very similar issue - parents are unable to unlatch a buckle in the harness. This is an obvious problem, as it could put the child in serious jeopardy if its parent couldn't unlatch it in an emergency.
The recall covers both convertible and harnessed child seats. We have the entire list of affected models, which were built between 2011 and 2014, available in the official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Evenflo will begin notifying registered owners of the affected car seats this month, and it will ship new buckles with installation instructions. Take a look below for the official release from NHTSA.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14C003000
Component(s): CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,368,649
All Products Associated with this Recall expand
Manufacturer: Evenflo Company, Inc.
Evenflo Company, Inc. (Evenflo) is recalling certain convertible and harnessed child restraints, models Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX), Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select), Maestro (including Performance), Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX), Snugli All-In-One, Snugli Booster, Titan 65, SureRide DLX, and Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400). The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385. The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In the convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, the buckle may become stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button.
It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required.
Evenflo will notify registered owners in April 2014. The company will start providing replacement buckles along with installation instructions in April 2014. Owners may contact Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591 or online at www.buckle.evenflo.com. Note: For a complete list of the production dates of the affected seats, please click on "Associated Documents" and then "Defect Notice(Part 573)." Not all seats within the date ranges listed are included, so consumers should contact Evenflo at the number or website listed here with the seat's model and date of manufacture to confirm that their seat is included.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.