An Evenflo car seat recall means parents with the Maestro booster seat in their cars will need to find an alternate way to get the kids around today.
According to the company's voluntary recall, a crack that occurred in certain laboratory tests simulating a high-impact, frontal collision has prompted the recall, but no injuries have been reported by parents.
Recalls are scary, but before you panic, here's what you need to know to keep your kids safe:
1. The recall only applies to certain Maestro Combination Booster Seats. In the U.S., affected Maestro model numbers are 3101198, 3101980, 31011048, 31011049, and 31011059. In Canada, the affected model number is 31011057C. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label behind the seat above the highest shoulder belt slot.
2. The recall is different in America and Canada. American seats built between November 24, 2009 and April 9, 2010 are part of the recall, but in Canada only the seats built between December 17, 2009 and April 26, 2010 are affected.
3. If your child is under 40 pounds, do not put them back in the Maestro. Call Evenflo now at 800-233-5921 (in the U.S.) or 800-265-0749 (in Canada) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET for a repair kit.
4. Don't throw the seat out, and don't return it to the store. The repair bracket being made available to fix the problem will address it, and refunds aren't being issued by stores.
5. If your child weighs more than 40 pounds, the seat is still usable. The repair bracket should still be ordered, but Evenflo says these kids are safe riding in the seat until it arrives.
6. There is a video that will spell out how to install the remedy kit or repair bracket -- watch it to ensure you're installing it properly.
7. The seat is being removed from store shelves, but it's still currently available at some places (as of 11 a.m. ET it was still on Amazon), so be wary if you're buying a new booster seat.
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