Popular Car Seats Recalled for Important & Unsafe Installation Issue

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recalled car seatImportant news for parents today. Thousands of car seats by the Dorel Juvenile Group are being pulled from shelves in a massive recall that involves 21 different models, including the popular Eddie Bauer and Safety First car seats. The seats that are supposed to keep children safe in a car crash don't fully comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

Is your baby riding in one of these car seats? Here's what you need to know!

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1. The recall was prompted by the realization that labels on the car seats direct parents to install them incorrectly, which presents a safety hazard.

2. There have been no injuries reported in relation to the recall, but that does not mean parents should ignore it. A company spokesperson says the performance, crashworthiness, and structural integrity of the seat itself are okay and emphasizes that this is an installation issue.However, Car seats need to be installed properly in order to be effective. If you have this car seat, the installation information in the owner's manual is correct. (Do not follow the label pertaining to rear-facing installation on the car seat itself.)

3. The recalled seats were manufactured between July 20, 2010 and May 18, 2011.

5. The Eddie Bauer and Safety First seats affected include the convertible Alpha Omega Elite, Deluxe 3 in 1, Complete Air LX, and Complete Air SE. The following models are those affected:

22187ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REMA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SAR, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SARA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22465FSM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22790CGT, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC033BMT, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANK, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043AQS, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC046AAI, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046AAU, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046CTA, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046SNW, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046WPR, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC050AJH, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANY, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANZ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050AOQ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC051AIR, Safety 1st Complete Air SE

6. Affected seats should NOT be returned to the retailer. Instead, parents are directed to contact the Dorel Juvenile Group directly, using the Recall Hotline at 1-877-675-2355, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. You can also email the company at rfbaselabel@djgusa.com to receive a free repair kit.

Is your child riding around in one of these seats?

 

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SuzyB... SuzyBarno

Yes I do have one of these car seats. There is a sticker that is printed wrong. All they are doing is sending a new sticker. All people have to be is smarter than the carseat to figure it out. There is nothing that is putting kids in harms way.

momav... momavanessa

I just bought one of those carseats from Costco the other day! I don't think it is on the recall list though but I will check this morning. Thanks for the info!

mom4a... mom4awesomekids

Nope mine aren't in these seats.

Laura K Ockelkorn

Can someone tell us what is wrong in the instructions so we can make sure we use it properly?

nonmember avatar Katie

Where on the carseat can I find my model number? I have an Alpha Omega Elite that was manufactured between these dates.

Dyan Hyman

I read that the instructions in the manual are correct, so use those instructions and request the correct sticker.

Becky Newman Brown

The stickers for instructions for rear-facing installation are switched (left on right side, and visa-versa) so the arrows appear to point to the forward facing belt path instead of the rear facing belt path. The pictures on the stickers showing the seat belt/latch belt are correct.

Michael Ducharme

Well I am glad that the picture doesn't show you to put the child in backwards or upside down..... that would be a bit awkward.

nonmember avatar Casey

I think I'm a little more worried about these carseats (have 2) giving my children bruises on their spine from the adjustable part not having proper padding

Cynthia Sutton

I have been using one of the seats since my child was brought home from the hospital... I never noticed a problem until it came time for front facing..no matter how I try or fasting it the seat constantly moves around.. how long does it take for the sticker to arrive..

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