Evenflo Company, Inc. has announced a recall of approximately 1.37 million convertible and harnessed child safety seats with defective buckles.
Car seat models affected by this recall include Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX), Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select), Maestro (including Performance), Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX), Snugli All-In-One, Snugli Booster, Titan 65, SureRide DLX, and Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400). The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385.
The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the seat's harness buckle. In the convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, the buckle may become stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button.
It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required.
Graco has recalled more than 4 million car safety seats for this same reason.
Evenflo will notify all registered owners of the recalled car seats in April 2014. The company will provide owners with replacement buckles, along with installation instructions.
For more information, or to confirm that a particular seat is included in the recall, contact Evenflo toll-free at 800-490-7591.