April 8, 2014 — Evenflo is recalling 1.3 million defective car seats and booster seats made since 2011 because food or drinks can make the buckle sticky and impossible to unlatch in an emergency. Earlier this year, Graco recalled 4.2 million car seats with the same buckles, purchased from AmSafe Commercial Products.
Recalled Evenflo car seats include:
- Titan 65
- Snugli All-in-One
- Snugli Booster
No injuries have been linked to the buckles. According to Evenflo:
“These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the convertible car seat or harnessed booster by toddlers. This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle.”
Evenflo and Graco both refused to recall rear-facing infant car seats with the same faulty buckle, arguing that parents could still unlatch the buckle on the base and remove the entire car seat from the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disagrees, and the matter could end up in court.
What Should I Do?
Evenflo will provide customers a free repair kit that includes a replacement buckle and instructions for installing a new buckle. The repair kit is available by placing an order with Evenflo or calling 1-800-490-7591. Customers should not return car seats to retailers. If you are having problems unlatching the buckle before the repair kit arrives, cleaning the buckle should help. Instructions for cleaning can be found here.
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