UPDATED: Recaro Issues Recall for Two Car Seat Models Deemed Unsafe
Over 170,000 children's car seats are being recalled by one German manufacturer due to doubts over safety.
Recaro Child Safety, LLC is recalling certain ProRIDE child restraints and Performance RIDE child restraints after the discovery that the top tether anchorage may detach in the event of a crash. If this piece of equipment detaches, there is an increased risk of injury to the child and other vehicle occupants.
The affected ProRIDE products are model number 332.01 in all colors, while model number 333.01 in all colors is being recalled in regards to the Performance RIDE line.
Recaro will notify and send all registered owners a length of webbing with loops on both ends and instructions to further secure the child restraints. The retrofit kit will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2015.
For more information about this recall, owners may contact Recaro customer service toll-free at (866) 628-4750, or by email at email@example.com.
UPDATE: According to The New York Times, the path to last week's recall announcement was far from straightforward. The top tether defect was discovered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in late 2013 during routine crash tests, but the company was unwilling to agree with the findings. Recaro filed a formal petition against federal regulators in November 2014, claiming that the safety risk was being overstated. One argument the company used was that the crash test dummy was too heavy in comparison with owner's manual weight recommendations. Additionally, Recaro argued that a release of the top tether could actually be beneficial.
Recaro finally changed its position last week, resulting in the voluntary recall.