Contact: Karen Aldana
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is alerting consumers of a recall involving 13,792 Evenflo Maestro child safety seats. In the event of a crash, a crack could form at the front of the seat, adjacent to the harness adjuster, causing the child to be improperly restrained.
Evenflo is recalling the child seats with model numbers beginning with 310. Those include 3101198; 3101980; 31011048; 31011049; 31011059 produced between November 24, 2009, and April 9, 2010. The model number and the manufacture date are located on a label on the side of the car seat/carrier.
To fix the problem, Evenflo is providing consumers with a metal reinforcement plate to provide additional structural support in the area of the harness adjuster. Owners of the affected seats should contact Evenflo at (1-800-233-5921) immediately to obtain a free reinforcement plate. The seat should not be used with children weighing under 40 pounds without the repair bracket. Children who weigh more than 40 pounds can continue to use the seat as a belt-positioning booster until the remedy kit arrives.
Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to sign up with NHTSA to automatically receive updates about child seat recalls via e-mail. Consumers may sign-up for recall notifications from the federal government by visiting here at www.safercar.gov and choosing the “e-mail” or “RSS” option to register.
Consumers with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign may call NHTSA’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153).