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The recall adventure

Another car seat recall has hit the scene. Evenflo is recalling select models of their car seats that use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (food and drinks). This is very similar to the Graco recall a couple months ago.

Essentially, this recall means if you have one of the selected seats you need to call Evenflo for a replacement part. Lucky for me – I have two Evenflo seats (I like to buy local and Evenflo is headquartered in Dayton – who knew!)

So here is what I did…

I went out to my car, heels and all, and found the model number and manufacture date on Mary’s Evenflo Symphony. The Evenflo Symphony 65 is on the recall list only for those models beginning with a 345 or 346 manufactured between 10/2/2012 and 8/26/2013.  Mary’s seat was manufactured on 1/9/2012 – not between the given dates – safe seat!

Our second seat, an Evenflo Maestro is also on the list.  Maestros on the list have a model number prefix of 310 and were manufactured between 8/22/2011 and 10/17/2013.  Mary’s seat was manufactured on 5/2/2013 – guess what – I need to get a new part!

So I went to the website that Evenflo has set up for this recall (http://safety.evenflo.com/cs/sc/cssc99_RD.phtml?rid=EFR36&src=WEB) and registered Mary’s seat and requested the replacement part. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the recall adventure!

In the meantime, check your seats. This recall affects the buckle. The seats themselves meet all requirements for crashworthiness under the federal FMVSS 213 safety standard and can continue to be used to transport your child safely, if you are not experiencing difficulty unlatching the buckle.  It’s just a really good piece of mind that you are doing whatever you can to ensure your seat is functioning properly!

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