Nation's Largest Car Seat Maker Recalls 19 Models

Dorel Juvenile Group, the nation’s largest maker of car seats, is recalling 19 models of car seats, including the Eddie Bauer and Costco Cosco brands.

The problem is with the harness that secures the child into the seat, according to a news release from the company. The company will mail repair kits and says that the car seats should not be returned to the retailer. The Chicago Tribune, however, has a few things to say about the car seats in question…

From the Chicago Tribune:

The safety notice comes six weeks after the Tribune reported that Dorel’s Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 seat and a related Cosco Alpha Omega 5-point, two of the models recalled, had failed government crash tests in 2005. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which regulates car seats, concluded there wasn’t a safety problem after reviewing Dorel’s own test results.

The company’s chief legal counsel, Bruce Weisenthal, said Friday that the recall is not connected to the government’s tests. Weisenthal said the voluntary recall stemmed from concern in Canada, where some parents reported difficulty maintaining tension in the straps after buckling their child in a seat.

“It was something that Canadians brought to our attention that we then voluntarily reported to NHTSA,” Weisenthal said. “It did not derive from injuries or accidents or any child that got hurt.”

He added that instances of slippage are rare.

At least one child has been injured in one of the models that was recalled. The Tribune reported that 1-year-old Hailey Schmidt of Missouri was in an Eddie Bauer seat when her head snapped too far forward in a January 2005 head-on crash, leaving her a quadriplegic. Dorel settled a lawsuit with Hailey’s parents without admitting fault.

Weisenthal said the family’s injury claim had nothing to do with the restraint system. The Schmidts alleged in their lawsuit that the car seat was not compatible with and could not be tightly installed in the rear seats of many vehicles, including their 1996 Nissan Maxima.

Six Eddie Bauer models and six Cosco models were among the car seats recalled. Dorel also recalled certain models sold under the brand names Safety 1st, Alpha Elite and Alpha Sport. All of the recalled models were manufactured between Nov. 1, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2005.

To order your repair kit, click here.

Maker recalls car seats for kids [Chicago Tribune]
Dorel Juvenile Group

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  1. ger-hardt says:

    Oh crap, I just sent my 4 year old daughter off w/ my wife to daycare in that car seat…
    I am not going to be able to verify if that is the same model until tonight.

  2. MickeyMoo says:

    Cosco, Costco, or both?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The fire department in the county I used to live in kept a master list of recalled car seats and would hold free inspections to make sure your seat was fastened in correctly, but they would also check the make and model against the list. They pulled a lot of seats that had been recalled or damages and offered replacements for little to no cost. They would then run over the recalled models with the fire trucks. It was fun.

  4. foghat81 says:

    They make the Cosco brand. Calling it Costco is a common error. Thanks for the heads up

  5. kaikhor says:

    I have to go double check, but we own 2 of these…

  6. kenposan says:

    Britax. The only care seat my children will ever ride in. They are more expensive but worth it.

  7. finite_elephant says:

    I ran through this with my kid’s car seat on Saturday morning. The problem seems to be with the part that allows adjustment of the harness allowing the harness to loosen. Dorel is automatically sending out repair kits to registered owners. Non-registered owners can request a kit.

  8. lowlight69 says:

    ggggrrrrrr

    so i have one of the affected seats for my daughter, i just called to get the replacement parts, and was transfered to the operator, once transfered i can hear people talking and typing in the background, but no one is on the line with me!!!! this has happened twice now in the last few minutes!!!! seriously not cool!!!!

  9. CyGuy says:

    with two kids and two cars I actually own 3 of this kind of carseat, 2 Cosco (NOT COSTCO Meg) and one Eddie Bauer. Having checked them none of the 3 I have are affected.

    ALSO, when you fix the CostCo typo, please put the other affected brands (Safety 1st, Alpha Elite and Alpha Sport) in the lede graf.

  10. llcooljabe says:

    It’s cosco, not costco, fyi.

  11. wring says:

    i think we had that carseat, good thing kid is 5 years old now and already graduated to a booster seat.

  12. MarvinMar says:

    Britax gets recalls too
    [www.britaxusa.net]