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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Recall: Evenflo Discovery Infant Car Seats

Before I get into the details of this recall: Does anyone know where I can sign up for car seat recall notices? I've checked the NHTSA page on child safety seat recalls but not only does there not appear to be a way to sign up for an RSS feed or email notification, there doesn't even seem to be a current list. Maybe I'm just missing something that someone can point out to me?

In the meantime, Evenflo is voluntarily recalling one million Discovery Infant Car Seats (models 390, 391, 534, and 552). Manufacturer and NHTSA tests show the car seat can "potentially become separated from its base in high impact side collisions similar to those in the tests." If you have one of the recalled car seats, Evenflo is offering a "free supplemental dual-hook fastener that has proven that the seat remains attached to the base in the event of such collisions." For more information, including how to obtain the dual-hook fastener, see the official notice.

Via Baby Bargains Book Blog and Consumer Reports.



  • At 2/6/08, 3:13 PM, Blogger Sick of Debt said…

    Thank you for this post, I forgot to sign up with Evenflo to be on their recall notice list and my daughter's car seat is one of the models involved.

  • At 2/6/08, 8:37 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    You're welcome! I'm glad it helped.

  • At 2/7/08, 5:27 AM, Blogger sherri said…

    I don't know if there is a national registry for car seat recalls specifically but I have found that filling out the registration card that comes with new seats is an excellent way to ensure that you get notified in the event of a recall. When my Britax Regent had a problem, Britax sent me all the new accessories without my having to lift a finger. I would think that you could register an existing seat by providing all your contact information and the seat's serial number and mailing that to the company.

  • At 2/7/08, 5:42 AM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Thanks, Sherri - that's exactly what I do with the car seats I own, in case of the exact situation you described. But in terms of letting my readers know about new recalls, I'm not sure how to get that information other than hoping I read about them somewhere.

  • At 2/7/08, 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think I would be more inclined to find a new carseat, (and carseat company!) rather than opt for the jerry-rigged extra strap that Evenflo is offering. It's got to lead you to wonder how effective their "fix" will be if the product was to be recalled, anyway. I would want some insurance that the product was well engineered from the outset.

  • At 2/8/08, 9:00 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Jerry - Yeah, I'd probably feel the same way, mostly because Evenflo doesn't seem to have the greatest reputation for safety.


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