Evenflo Initiates Voluntary Safety Recall of Select Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats

Company is Committed to Safety and Helping Parents Replace Crotch Buckles on Affected Units

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MIAMISBURG, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Evenflo Company, Inc., a trusted partner in keeping children safe and protected, today initiated a voluntary recall of select convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats due to the harness crotch buckle. The buckles, which meet all requirements for crashworthiness, may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the seats by toddlers. This condition may make it difficult to remove children from the seat. This U.S. recall involves seats that were built between 2011 and 2014, including select Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony, Titan 65, SureRide, SecureKid, Snugli All-in-One and Snugli Booster models. The affected convertible car seats and harnessed boosters can continue to be used to transport children safely, if the buckles are functioning normally and do not demonstrate unlatching issues. Evenflo has received no reports of injuries to children in connection with these buckles.

Evenflo is taking this action to address an issue that was recently observed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) in connection with Graco Children’s Products, Inc., which initiated a recall in early February 2014 for the same buckle issue.

The company is sending a consumer notice to registered owners of the affected seats to inform them of the action, and is working with retailers to ensure that impacted convertible car seats and harnessed boosters are no longer available for sale.

Evenflo will also make available a free remedy kit to consumers that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for installing the new buckle. Owners should visit www.buckle.evenflo.com or call 1-800-490-7591 to identify if their seat is affected and to order the remedy kit.

Importantly, the convertible car seats and harnessed boosters affected by this recall are entirely crashworthy, so they may be used while consumers wait for replacement buckles. Individuals experiencing difficulty unlatching affected buckles before their remedy kit arrives should clean buckles to allow them to function properly. Instructions for cleaning can be found at the dedicated website listed above.

Affected convertible car seats and harnessed boosters include only the following model number prefixes: 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 and 385, and fall within the dates of manufacture listed below. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label on the back of the seat. Consumers are urged to visit www.buckle.evenflo.com to confirm if their seat is impacted.

               
    Model Number Prefix      
Model Name Affected Dates of Manufacture
             
Momentum 65, Momentum 65 LX and Momentum 65 DLX     385       3/4/2013 through 8/26/2013
Chase, Chase LX and Chase Select     306       6/12/2012 through 10/3/2013
Chase LX and Chase DLX     329       8/23/2011 through 3/3/2014
Maestro and Maestro Performance     310       8/22/2011 through 10/17/2013
Symphony 65, Symphony 65 E3, Symphony LX, Symphony DLX, and Snugli All-in-One     345 or 346       10/2/2012 through 8/26/2013
Titan 65 and SureRide DLX     371       6/20/2012 through 10/17/2013
Secure Kid LX, Secure Kid DLX, Secure Kid 100, Secure Kid 300, Secure Kid 400 and Snugli Booster     308       12/13/2011 through 3/3/2014
 

“Safety is Evenflo’s number-one priority,” says Scott Weiss, Evenflo’s CEO. “With many of us being parents ourselves, we design, engineer and rigorously test our products with the goal of truly creating a safer more peaceful ride for both children and caregivers. Despite our best efforts, sometimes issues arise during everyday use, even after products have passed all federal safety tests. It is with an abundance of caution that we voluntarily recall these seats, and we are working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure parents are alerted.”

The company requests that U.S. consumers of affected seats contact Evenflo for a free remedy kit by visiting www.buckle.evenflo.com or calling 1-800-490-7591 between 8 am and 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday. Consumers are urged not to return seats to retail stores.

About Evenflo

Evenflo Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of infant and juvenile products. Majority-owned by Weston Presidio, Evenflo was founded in 1920 and is a top supplier of infant and juvenile products to major retailers. The company’s product offering spans a broad range of essential categories, within which it enjoys several #1 or #2 market share positions. For more information on Evenflo, visit www.evenflo.com.

Contact:
M Booth, for Evenflo
Jacqueline Warren, 212-539-3211
jacquelinew@mbooth.com
or
Martha Cid, 917-584-6059
marthac@mbooth.com
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