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Recaro Recalls Two Car Seat Models; Top Tether Can Break Free During Crash

Sep 18, 2015

Recaro Child Safety is recalling nearly 200,000 car seats over safety concerns, the company is reporting.

The recall includes the ProRide and Performance Ride car seats made before June 9, 2015. A part that helps keep the top of the child seat secure could break during a crash, allowing the top of the seat to fly forward, the New York Times reports.

Recaro says the top of the seat can crack allowing the top tether anchorage to break loose from the main shell during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the child riding in the seat. The problem was discovered during routine safety testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to check the seats compliance with federal safety standards.

Recaro said to date no injuries resulting from this defect have been reported. Recaro will send customers new webbing for the car seat along with instructions on how to have it installed. The company previously recalled car seats in 2009, 2012, and 2014.

Recaro is recalling a total of 173,063 car seats: ProRIDE car seats, model number 332.01 in all colors (AK21, KAEC, KAEG, KK91, MC11, MJ15, QA56, QA9N, QQ11, QQ14, and QQ95), manufactured from April 9, 2010, through June 9, 2015; and Performance RIDE car seats, model number 333.01 in all colors (CHIL, HABB, HAZE, JEBB, JETT, KNGT, MABB, MARI, MNGT, PLUM, PLBB, REBB, SLBB, REDD, ROBB, ROSE, SABB, SAPH, SLTE, VIBB, VIBE), manufactured from January 15, 2013, through June 9, 2015.

The federal Department of Transportation reminds parents to register all car seats with the manufacturer so they can promptly receive notification of any recalls for seats they own. SafetyBeltSafe, a national non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety, advises parents to be cautious if they acquire a used car seat. If the instruction booklet is not included, parents should order a copy from the manufacturer. Before using the seat, check carefully for missing parts and for damage such as frayed straps, cracks in the plastic, and stiff buckles. Parents should check for any recalls and make sure the problem has been corrected.

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