April 21, 2020 | Washington, DC
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning drivers not to purchase or use the “Little Passenger Seat” made by Little Passenger Seats, Inc.
The bench seats are not certified as meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which specify minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment.
Motorists who own the seat should stop using it immediately. This warning is especially important because the seats are frequently used by children.
The company is no longer in business, according to the Better Business Bureau. The bench was advertised as a custom third- and fourth-row seat for more than 70 SUVs and other vehicles. These uncertified benches may still be purchased online and are sometimes wrongly described as safe and approved for use.
If consumers are uncertain about the safety a product, please call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 for assistance.