Evenflo booster seat recall: 5 things parents need to know

Feb 26, 2016 at 9:25 a.m. ET
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If you're driving around with your kids in an Evenflo car seat, it's time to check your model numbers. The company is recalling three different models of its popular booster seats, citing a "potential safety concern." If your child is in an Evenflo booster, here's the skinny on what you need to know 

1. The recall applies only to the Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seat, which functions as a forward-facing harness booster, a high-back belt-positioning booster and a no-back belt-positioning booster.

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2. The recalled seats bear the model numbers 34411686, 34411695 and 34411029 and were manufactured prior to Jan. 29, 2016.

3. The seats are still crash worthy, according to the company's press release, however a mechanism known as a Central Front Adjuster (CFA) button on the boosters is causing the issue. When pressed, that button allows the harnesses that restrain a child to loosen. The problem? In the Transitions boosters, that CFA can be accessed by a child, meaning a child could be loosening their harnesses without a parent or other caregiver realizing it.

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4. To fix this issue, and keep kids from unwittingly putting themselves in danger, Evenflo is offering free repair kits to parents that they say will "virtually eliminate a child's access and activation of the CFA," but they say the seats may still be used safely in either high-back or no-back belt-positioning modes with children at least 40 pounds and 43.3 inches.

5. To get a repair kit, call Evenflo's ParentLink Consumer Resource Center at 1-800-233-5921, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or visit the company's recall site.

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