Evenflo, a car safety seat manufacturer, issued a voluntary safety recall of one million Discovery Infant Car Seats after tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Evenflo. The tests showed that the car seat had the potential to separate from its base in high impact side collisions. To prevent potential problems, Evenflo will provide current owners a free supplemental dual-hook fastener that keeps the seat attached to the base in case of such collisions. The recalled model numbers are 390, 391, 534, and 552 and were manufactured beginning April 2005.
If you believe you have one of these infant car seats, check the bottom of the seat for the model number and manufacture date. To order the supplemental fastener, call Evenflo at 800-356-2229 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST or go to www.evenflo.com/discovery. You won’t be charged shipping and the parts should arrive in about 3-4 weeks. Evenflo assures customers that they can continue to use their Discovery infant car seat and there’s no need to return it to a store.
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Once again, we see a major recall of car seats. One million seats is a huge number, in my view. But it’s good to see proactive tests and a voluntary recall. There were no reports of injuries from this defect, only tests that indicated it could be a problem.
If your child is using a car safety seat, please make sure you watch the news for recalls. If you register your seat when you buy it, you should get a recall notice. You can also check the NHTSA site or SeatBeltSafe U.S.A. for recall information. And don’t forget our “6 Quick Resources for Infant Car Seat Info” for general car seat reference. We have to be vigilant in order to protect our children.
By Becky Scott