Following the productâ€™s failure in independent laboratory tests, the Evenflo Company, Inc. just initiated a voluntary safety recall of certain <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Maestro Combination Booster Seats, it said. The recall was implemented to address a crack that occurred in certain tests simulating a high-impact, frontal collision.
To date, no reports have been received of this crack occurring in the field and no injuries have been reported, said Evenflo.
In the United States, the recall involves 13,792 seats with model numbers that begin with â€œ310â€ and that were built between November 24, 2009 and April 9, 2010. In Canada, the recall involves seats with a model number that begins with â€œ310â€ and that were built between December 17, 2009 and April 26, 2010. Maestro child restraints built after April 2010 are not affected by this action.
Evenflo advised that it is sending a consumer notice to registered owners of the affected seats to apprise them of the action; all units will be removed from shelves. Evenflo said it would make available an easily installed bracket to reinforce the seat. Owners are urged to visit the Evenflo.com consumer website for more information and are encouraged to pass along information to their friends and neighbors.
According to Evenflo, the seat should not be used with children weighing less than 40 pounds without the repair bracket. Children who weigh more than 40 pounds can continue to use the seat as a belt-positioning booster until the remedy kit arrives.
In the US, affected Maestro model numbers are 3101198, 3101980, 31011048, 31011049, and 31011059. In Canada, the affected model number is 31011057C. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label behind the seat above the highest shoulder belt-slot. Other Maestro models are not affected.
Evenflo requests that purchasers of affected Evenflo Maestro seats contact Evenflo for a free reinforcement kit by calling (in the US), toll-free, at 1-800-233-5921; in Canada, toll-free, at 1-800-265-0749 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Customers are urged to not return seats to retail stores where purchased.