Buckles on Kiddy USA Booster Seats May Only Partially Engage

Consumers may have a false impression that the buckle is fully latched

Buckles on Kiddy USA Booster Seats May Only Partially Engage
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May 19, 2016

A booster seat manufacturer has announced a recall for potentially unsafe products.

Kiddy USA is recalling certain World Plus combination forward facing child restraints that convert to a high back booster seat. The buckle and tongue on the affected booster seats may only partially engage. As a result, the consumer may have a false impression that the buckle is fully latched when it is not.

A partially engaged buckle will not adequately restrain the child in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

About 1,400 model 51 100 WP booster seats are potentially affected.

This defect also means that the seats fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, "Child Restraint Systems."

The remedy for this recall is still under development and Kiddy USA has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Kiddy USA customer service at (855) 925-4339.

To get recall updates more quickly, parents and caregivers should register their car seats with the manufacturer. This can be done on the company's website or by mailing the registration card that came with the seat. For more information about registering car seats, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.