Evenflo Discovery Infant Car Seat Recall Issued After Crash Test FailuresFeb 4, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Evenflo Discovery Infant Car Seats have been recalled because of a defect in the seat that could cause them to fail in certain types of car crashes, exposing children to a risk of serious injury and even death. The Evenflo car seat recall involves 1 million of the company’s popular Discovery Infant Car Seats.
Seats affected by the Evenflo Discovery Infant Car Seat recall include models 390, 391, 534 and 552 made between April 2005 and January 29, 2008. The serial number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label on the underside of the safety seat.
The Discovery Infant Car Seats are designed with separate base that connects to the vehicle's seat, allowing the safety seat to be removed from the vehicle without removing the base. According to Evenflo, this latest car recall was issued after laboratory tests conducted by Evenflo and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that the Discovery Infant Seat could potentially become separated from its base in high impact side collisions.
As a precautionary measure, Evenflo is providing current owners of the recalled Discovery Infant Seat with a free supplemental dual-hook fastener that has proven that the seat remains attached to the base in the event of such collisions. Evenflo said in a press release that it is also taking steps to develop future models of Discovery with enhanced safety performance. According to Evenflo, the new Discovery models will be available to consumers starting in the second quarter, 2008.
Consumers who wish to obtain the dual-hook fastener should call Evenflo at 1-800-356-2229 between 8 AM and 5 PM EST or visit www.evenflo.com/Discovery. The company said that consumers who order the dual-hook fastener will incur no shipping costs, but it will take at least approximately 3 to 4 weeks. However, despite the obvious danger made apparent by the crash tests conducted on the recalled Evenflo car seats, the company has said that consumers should continue to use their Discovery infant car seat and maintains there is no need to return it to retailers.
So far, no injuries have been reported to Evenflo regarding the Discovery Infant Seat recall.