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Four manufacturers have announced child safety seat recalls that could potentially affect nearly 850,000 car seats nationwide.
Certain car seats made by Britax, Evenflo, Regal Lager, and Dorel Juvenile Group are included in the child safety seat recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the recalls on its website Monday. The companies say they have been notifying registered owners.
The recalls are as follows:
Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 55 models of car seats because the harness locking button can get stuck. This could cause a key safety strap to slip out of place and leave a child unsecured, Dorel says.
The recall affects convertible child restraints labeled Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect, and Vantage; as well as infant child restraints labeled Mico and Onboard.
The recalled seats were manufactured between May 2008 and April 2009. Owners can get a free fix-it kit by calling 1-866-623-3139.
Dorel is also recalling seven additional models of Maxi-Cosi infant child restraining systems, manufactured between February and June 2008.
The Maxi-Cosi car seat's shell could detach from its base, and leave a child unsecured in a crash, Dorel says. Owners can get a free remedy kit by calling 1-877-657-9546.
Britaxis recalling four models of Chaperone-brand infant car seats, sold as Moonstone, Red Mill, Savannah, and Cowmooflage. Harness straps across an infant's shoulders could break, Britax says.
The recalled seats were manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. Owners can call Britax at 1-888-427-4829 for a free replacement part.
Evenflo is recalling Maestro-brand car seats with a model number beginning in 310. The seats fail to conform to federal standards, and could crack in an accident, Evenflo says.
The seats were built between November 2009 and April 2010. Owners can call 1-800-233-5921 for a free reinforcement plate that fixes the problem.
Regal Lageris recalling its Cybex Solution X-Fix car seats, manufactured in February 2010. The car seats are affixed with the wrong warning label, which can be replaced for free by calling 1-800-593-5522.
For more information on these child safety seat recalls, you can also contact the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit the agency's website, http://www.safercar.gov.