Dorel Car Seat Recall Is Huge But Fixable With Goop

Heather Chaet
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Safety 1st car seatListen up, mamas! Before you head out for a family Valentine's Day dinner at the Olive Garden, we have another car seat recall for you -- and it is a biggie: 800,000 car seats. That's almost one million car seats. Told you it was big.

The car seats that are affected are those made by the Dorel Juvenile Group. I guess the latch in the front center that is used to adjust the harness doesn't always get back to where it should to lock it in. Ergo (you know when I use ergo, we're serious), your kiddo may not be as tight and secure as she should be in a crash. Luckily, no deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

They have a fix for it, but as always, when I hear about recalls like this, it makes me wonder: if we can put a man on the moon, if we can take pictures of the surface of Mars, if Lady Gaga can climb out of a huge plastic egg in a dress and heels, why can't we get a car seat that works? 

Before you freak out, the DJG brands in the recall are certain Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco, and Eddie Bauer child restraint systems. The faulty seats were made between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009. It is fixable -- you have to call the manufacturer, and they will send you some goop that will fix the problem latch.

I'm not kidding. They are gonna send you a tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant (a.k.a. goop) that you can apply to the center front adjuster to prevent sticking and allow it to engage properly.

But still, what are we supposed to do in the meantime? It's not like I have another car seat hanging around just in case the one I bought (which wasn't cheap, mind you) is recalled. Do we take the chance and use it anyway? Do we just not go anywhere 'til the mailman brings us our tube o' goop (can you tell I'm loving this goop thing)?

I'm glad it's fixable. I'm glad they are alerting the public. I'm glad this was a voluntary recall and no one was injured. But think about it. We're talking 800,000 car seats. Not a few, not one little batch. No -- many different brands, many different types.

AND it can be fixed with goop! It makes me wonder why they couldn't have fixed the defect before it hit shelves?

The spokesperson said the company received 143 complaints and are issuing the recall as a result. Until they make products we can trust, I guess that's what we have to keep on doing -- complaining.

Check to see if your car seat is one of the recalled models and call Dorel if you have questions and concerns!

 

Image via Safety 1st

 

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