September 18, 2015 — Recaro Child Safety, LLC is recalling over 173,000 car seats because the top tether can come loose and fail to protect a child in a car crash.
No injuries have been reported. The company will provide owners with new webbing and instructions on how to secure the seats.
The recall involves the ProRIDE and Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seats made between April 9, 2010 and June 9, 2015.
The company said during product testing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was determined that the inner shell could crack or detach from the main shell during a crash. The recall affects all units made before June 9, 2015.
According to a statement from Recaro:
“In the event of a crash when used forward facing with a child over 52 pounds and the top tether attached to the vehicle, the top tether attachment area on the car seat shell could potentially crack or break loose. … If the top tether breaks or detaches from the car seat, there is an increased risk of injury to the child.”
Last year, more than six million car seats were recalled for safety defects. Many of those car seats had sticky-buckle issues that could make it difficult or impossible to remove a child from a car during an emergency.
It was the largest car seat recall in United States history, but federal officials say less than half were ever repaired. Parents should register their car seats with the manufacturer to receive notification if it is recalled.
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