Putting your child in a car seat or booster seat is not only the safest option, but it is also a legal requirement for driving with children. But what happens when your child’s booster seat is recalled for being dangerous or defective? Is your child more at risk while in a recalled booster seat than without one at all?
Consider these ongoing car seat and booster seat recalls to learn more about the risks, and why you should replace any recalled child safety seat. Keeping up-to-date on current recalls is one way that parents can reduce the risk of child injuries.
Diono (Formerly SUNSHINE KIDS JUVENILE)
Diono recalled more than 519,000 convertible car seats and booster seats in September 2017. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that when the seats were used only with a lap belt, that there was an increased risk of chest injury if an accident occurred. Diono offered consumers a free “remedy kit” for consumers affected, which included owners of:
- Radian R100
- Radian R120
- Radian RXT
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
In June 2017, Britax recalled more than 207,000 safety seats after reports that the chest clip tab could break off, posing a choking hazard to children in the seat. Britax offered consumers a free replacement clip. The affected models include:
- B-Safe 35 Travel Systems
- B-Safe 35 Elite Travel Systems
- BOB B-Safe rear-facing seats
Harmony Juvenile Products
Harmony Juvenile Products issued a recall in April 2018 for over 148,000 booster seats. The seats posed a safety risk to occupants. In the event of an accident, excessive force could be applied to the child’s chest. The affected booster seat was identified as the Big Boost Deluxe. The remedy for this safety defect is ongoing.
Graco Children’s Products, Inc.
Beginning in May 2017, Graco recalled several models of the My Ride 65 convertible child safety seat. More than 25,000 units were included in the recall. The manufacturer reported that the webbing in the seat may not properly restrain the child if an accident occurs. Consumers were offered a free replacement harness.
The Dangers of Defective Booster Seats
As these recalls suggest, defects in booster seats can be incredibly dangerous. Children who use these seats are at risk for an assortment of injuries, from choking hazards to improper restraint. These dangers are not limited to auto accident scenarios either.
For parents, it is important to understand that these recalls are ongoing – they have not been terminated. That means that parents need to be aware, and should check the information on their booster seats to see if they are using a recalled product.
Parents also should use extreme caution when considering purchasing a used car seat or booster seat. Check to make sure the seat is not expired, and that there are no active recalls on the particular model. Never put your child in a booster seat that is broken, expired, or recalled.
Dangerous or defective products can result in disastrous consequences for your child, and ultimately, your entire family.