Car seat recalls are relatively uncommon, but following a huge baby wipes recall, we’ve received word that Evenflo is recalling certain car seats because the harness buckle may become increasingly difficult to release over time.
Product description: This recall focuses on certain models of Evenflo’s Embrace 35 car seats.
U.S. model numbers: 30711365, 31511040, 31511323, 31511400, 3151198, 3151953, 31521138, 46811205, 46811237, 48111200, 48111215, 48111215A, 48111218, 48111234, 48111235, 48111235A, 48111462, 48411391, 48411391D, 48411392, 48411504, 48411504D, 52911307A, 52921040, 55311138, 55311238 and 55311292.
Canadian model numbers: 30711365C, 31511098C, 31511183C, 31511323C, 31511323CD, 46811205C, 47411419C, 47411419CD, 48111234C, 48111235C, 5291928C, 52921040C, 52921040CD and 55311238C.
Dates of manufacture: Various from Dec. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013 (for U.S. models) and Aug. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2013 (for Canadian models).
Please note that not all car seat models within these date ranges are included — you’ll want to verify your model number and date of manufacture to make sure.
Reason for the recall: The harness buckle may become more difficult to unlatch over time, which could impact removal in an emergency situation. Evenflo has not received any reports of injury or emergency exits from vehicles.
What you need to do: Request a remedy kit. You can continue to use your car seat while you await the remedy kit. This issue doesn’t impact the seat’s crashworthiness in any way.
Company information: You can contact Evenflo toll free at 1-800-490-7591 to determine if your child’s Embrace 35 car seat is included in the recall and to obtain a free remedy kit. Alternatively, you can enter your model number and date of manufacture on Evenflo’s website to determine if it’s subject to the recall.