The Problem: The central front adjuster button, which allows the seat's harness to loosen, is within reach of a child in the seat. If kids press it, they might not be fully restrained in an accident. The problem is only an issue when using the forward-facing harness, not when using the vehicle's seatbelt to hold the child.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Evenflo will provide a redesigned seat pad and central front adjuster assembly to owners.
If You Own One: Owners can order the repair online from Evenflo or call the company at 1-800-233-5921, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
Report Receipt Date: FEB 18, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16C003000
Component(s): CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56,247
All Products Associated with this Recall
Child Restraints Brand Name Model Production Dates
EVENFLO TRANSITIONS BOOSTER SEAT 12/18/2014 - 01/29/2016
Manufacturer: Evenflo Company, Inc.
Evenflo Company, Inc. (Evenflo) is recalling certain Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats, model numbers 34411686, 34411695, and 34411029, produced from December 18, 2014, through January 29, 2016. The central front adjuster (CFA) button that is used to loosen the seat's internal harness may be within the child's reach, allowing the child to activate the CFA and loosen the internal harness.
If the internal harness is not tightened snugly around the child, the child would be at an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Evenflo will notify owners and provide a remedy kit that includes a newly-designed seat pad and CFA assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during February 2016. Owners may contact Evenflo at www.transitions.evenflo.com or 1-800-233-5921. Note: This safety issue only impacts the use of the seat in the forward-facing harnessed booster (22-65 lbs. and 28-50 in.) configuration.
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.
Evenflo Voluntarily Recalls Certain Transitions Booster Seats
No injuries reported in proactive safety recall
Evenflo identified this safety concern through our regular review of customer feedback.
MIAMISBURG, OHIO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 26, 2016
Evenflo has announced a voluntary recall of certain models of its Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seat, over a concern that children may access the seat's harness adjuster button and simultaneously loosen the harness. No injuries have been reported.
Approximately 56,000 seats with model numbers 34411686, 34411695 and 34411029, manufactured before January 29, 2016 are impacted.
The company is concerned that children using the seat in the first of its three modes – the forward-facing harness mode – may access the seat's Central Front Adjuster, while simultaneously loosening the harness straps, creating a scenario where the child would not be snug in the seat. Evenflo said the concern does not apply to consumers using the seat in its second and third modes: the high-back belt-positioning mode and the no-back belt-positioning mode.
Evenflo is sending a free remedy kit to affected customers. The remedy kit includes a replacement bottom seat pad, a Central Front Adjuster and installation instructions. The kit virtually eliminates the possibility of a child accessing the Central Front Adjuster and potentially loosening the harness.
"Evenflo identified this safety concern through our regular review of customer feedback," said Evenflo Safety Advocate Sarah Haverstick. "We're working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and publicizing the voluntary campaign via mail to registered consumers, notices to retailers and updates to social media channels. The safety of your children is of the greatest important to us," she said.
The free remedy kit can be ordered at http://www.transitions.evenflo.com, or by contacting Evenflo at 1-800-233-5921, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
"If your child is only able to use the Transitions seat in harnessed mode because of his or her size and you've observed your child pulling back the seat pad to access the Central Front Adjuster, please discontinue using the seat until you've installed the free remedy kit," said Haverstick. "If your child is 40 pounds and 43 inches tall, fitting the requirements for using the seat in its two belt-positioning modes, or is not pulling back the seat pad in harnessed mode, the seat may be used safely until your remedy kit arrives," she said.
For nearly a century, Evenflo Company, Inc. has been a worldwide leader in the development of innovative infant equipment. Today, Evenflo's product offerings include car seats, travel systems, safety gates, high chairs, play yards, stationary activity centers, infant carriers and doorway jumpers. Evenflo strives to make protecting and nurturing children simple and supported so that every family will have greater enjoyment raising children. As a top supplier to key retailers, the Evenflo brand name maintains 96% awareness with consumers.
Evenflo Company, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goodbaby International Holdings Limited. Goodbaby International is a durable juvenile products company that is listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (1086:HK). The Group designs, researches and develops, manufactures, markets and sells strollers, children's car seats, cribs, bicycles and tricycles and other durable juvenile products.