Updated February 14, 2014
Occasionally companies must recall car seats in order to better protect your baby. Fortunately, car seat recalls are not very common. If you notice that no new recalls have been posted, that doesn't mean this list isn't being updated!
You should register your car seats with the manufacturer to receive the fastest notification of any applicable recalls. If you have not yet registered your car seat, you can do that easily by calling the manufacturer (there's a phone number right on one of the car seat labels) or visiting their website. It's also a good idea to check NHTSA's extensive recall list if you borrow a car seat from a friend or need to use an older car seat again after a period of non-use.
Click the headline links for further recall information from NHTSA or the car seat manufacturer.
Graco Convertible Car Seats and Harnessed Booster Seats
February 12, 2014 - 3.7 million Graco car seats are included in a new recall because the inside of the harness buckle can become sticky over time from food or dried liquids. This could make the buckle harder to open over time, and could cause the buckle to stick closed. The recalled seats are fine to use until the new buckle arrives. Recalled models include Comfort Sport manufactured Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2013; Smart Seat (with and without Safety Surround) manufactured Nov. 1, 2010 through Sept. 11 2013; and Cozy Cline, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite, Nautilus Plus, Argos 70, and Argos 70 Elite manufactured 2009 through July 2013. Registered owners will receive instructions to order a free replacement harness buckle. Others should visit the Graco recall page to order the replacement buckle.
Combi Coccoro, Zeus Turn, Zeus 360
Jan. 31, 2014 - About 33,139 Combi car seats are recalled because the harness webbing fails to meet minimum breaking strength requirements. The following car seat models are recalled: Coccoro car seats manufactured between January 6, 2009, and December 5, 2012; Zeus 360 car seats manufactured between February 25, 2009, and May 24, 2012; Zeus Turn car seats manufactured between July 15, 2007, and March 25, 2009. Register your car seat with Combi to receive replacement harness webbing. The car seat may be used before the repair kit is installed.
Orbit Baby Base G2
October 24, 2013 - Orbit Baby has recalled some Base G2 units because the Strong Arm knob can detach or spin without tightening the base, which can lead to improper installation that may not protect baby in a crash. The manufacturer will contact owners who have already registered their car seat and base, and will send a Strong Arm repair kit. Owners who have not registered their car seat or Base G2 should do so by visiting Orbit Baby's US or Canadian websites. After registration, customers will receive the repair kit if necessary. Only Base G2 units with model number ORB822000; manufacture date between March 20, 2013 and July 20, 2013; AND batch number A0840, A0860 or A0880 are included in the recall. The car seat can be installed without the base and safely used until the repair kit is installed.
Britax Convertible Car Seats
November 6, 2012 - Britax has recalled some convertible car seat models in the U.S. and Canada because the softer material used for the HUGS pads can be chewed or bitten easily, which could cause small pieces of the pads to come off the car seat. These small pieces pose a choking hazard. All affected car seats were manufactured between June 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2012. In the U.S., Boulevard 70-G3, Pavilion 70-G3 and Advocate 70-G3 convertible car seats with the following model numbers are included in the recall: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y. In Canada, Boulevard 65-G3, Pavilion 65-G3, and Advocate 65-G3 convertible car seats with the following model numbers are included: E9LK11A, E9LK11M, E9LK11S, E9LK13P, E9LK13S, E9LK41A, E9LK41Q, E9LK42D, E9LK42Z, E9LK43Q E9LG91A, E9LG93N, E9LG93P, E9LG93X, E9LG93Y. Britax will send new HUGS pads made from firmer material to owners of affected car seats. Visit britaxconvertiblerecall.com to register for the recall and for additional contact information.
Dorel Infant Car Seats
May 2, 2012 - More than 1,700 Dorel infant car seats are recalled because they were sold without the base that contains the LATCH assembly, which means the car seats do not meet federal standards. OnBoard 35 model number IC124FSM and Comfy Carry model number IC123FSM, manufactured between May 2011 and April 2012, are included in the recall. The company will provide a new base with LATCH system for those who verify that they own an affected model. Registered owners will be notified. Others should call 877-416-8111 or email email@example.com for more information.
Cosco, Safety 1st and Maxi Cosi Car Seat Front Harness Adjuster
Feb. 14, 2011 - Some Mico, OnBoard, Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect and Vantage car seats from Dorel Juvenile Group are included in a new recall if they were manufactured between May 1, 2008, and Apr. 30, 2009. The front harness adjuster can stick in an open position, which can allow the harness to loosen during travel. In a crash, the child may not be properly restrained if the harness is loose. The manufacturer will contact registered owners. Check the list of model numbers by clicking the headline link. If your car seat is included but you did not register it, call 866-623-3139. You'll receive a repair kit with a tube of food-grade lubricant and instructions for applying it to the harness adjuster. This will prevent the harness adjuster from sticking in the open position.
Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seats
Nov. 1, 2010 - Britax Chaperone infant car seats manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010 are recalled because the chest clip was made with brittle plastic that can break when a child is being buckled into the car seat. The broken chest clip poses a laceration hazard, and possibly a choking hazard if small pieces of the clip remain in the car seat. Model numbers affected by this recall are: E9L95P2, E9L95P3, E9L95P5 and E9L69N9 (Sold in the US); and E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and E9L69P5 (Sold in Canada). If the chest clip is not broken, continue to use it carefully until a replacement arrives. If it is already broken, remove it from the seat and continue to use the car seat without the chest clip until the replacement arrives. Britax will contact registered owners. Others should call 888-427-4829 or visit ChaperoneSeatRecall.com to order a replacement chest clip.
Evenflo Maestro Combination Car Seats
Oct. 13, 2010 - Nearly 14,000 Evenflo Maestro combination car seats in the U.S. are recalled because they don't meet federal structural integrity requirements. In a crash, a crack could occur at the front of the car seat, near the harness adjuster, and could cause a child to be inadequately restrained. No injuries have been reported. Maestro car seats with a model number that begins with 310, that were made between Nov. 24, 2009 and Apr. 9, 2010, are included. Some Evenflo car seats in Canada are also affected if they have the 310 model number and were made between Dec. 17, 2009 and Apr. 26, 2010. If you're using the car seat in 5-point harness mode, please find an alternate car seat to use until you receive and install the repair kit. To order a free reinforcement bracket kit and repair instructions, call 800-233-5921.
Dorel Infant Car Seats
Dec. 18, 2009 - More than 400,000 Dorel infant car seats are recalled because the handle can loosen and come off when it is used as a carrier, which poses a fall hazard. Several models of Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney branded infant car seats are included in this recall. Click the headline link for a complete list of model numbers. Affected infant car seats were manufactured between Jan. 6, 2008 and Apr. 6, 2009. This recall only affects the use of the infant car seat as a carrier. It is still safe to use these car seats in the car. Some were sold as travel systems with a stroller. The stroller is not included in the recall. Call 866-762-3316 or visit djusa.com/safetynotice to receive a repair kit.
Evenflo First Choice Infant Car Seats
November 12, 2009 - Evenflo is recalling some First Choice infant car seats manufactured between Jan. 16 and Sept. 29, 2009, because a federally required label was left off the seats. The label, which is required to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Standards, contains information about contacting Evenflo and NHTSA for registration and recall information, as well as certification and compliance information for FMVSS and aircraft. Evenflo will mail the labels and instructions to owners who have already registered their car seats. Others can call 800-233-5921.
Mia Moda Viva and Viva Supreme Infant Car Seats
Oct. 20, 2009 - Lerado Success, Inc. is recalling more than 5,500 Mia Moda Viva and Mia Moda Viva Supreme infant car seats because the harness splitter plate has sharp edges that could cut the harness, and because the car seat base could crack in crash. Either issue could cause an infant to be inadequately restrained during a crash. Affected model numbers are: 5000 (seat), 5001 (base), 5050 (seat), 5051 (base), 5070 (seat), 5071 (base), 5080 (seat) and 5081 (base). Stop using these car seats immediately. The manufacturer will contact registered owners and will offer a full refund. Call 877-546-8437 for information.
Maxi Cosi Mico Infant Car Seats
July 24, 2009 - More than 28,000 Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seats are recalled because it's difficult to attach the car seat to the base. If the car seat is improperly mounted to the base, the child could be injured in a crash. This recall includes Maxi Cosi Mico models 22-371 and 22-372, and Maxi-Cosi Mico infant car seat system - base only, model 22-515, produced from July 2007 through February 17, 2008. Call 877-657-9546 for a free replacement base.
Sit-N-Stroll Car Seat and Stroller
May 8, 2009 - Sit-N-Stroll car seat and stroller combinations (model 4002 only) manufactured on May 5, 2008, are recalled because the webbing used in the center harness adjuster doesn't comply with federal initial breaking strength requirements. Children in affected Sit-N-Stroll car seats may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. Triple Play will notify registered owners and send a repair kit with instructions for replacing the center adjuster webbing. For more information, call 800-829-1625.
Recaro Como & Signo Car Seats
Mar. 12, 2009 - Recaro is recalling some Como and Signo car seats because a spring in the locking cam was manufactured to the wrong dimensions. Only Como and Signo car seats made between Nov. 1, 2007 and Feb. 16, 2009 are included. The center front adjuster strap can slip on affected models, meaning the harness may not be securely tightened. Children in affected car seats may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. Recaro will notify registered owners and replace affected Como and Signo car seats. Call 888-473-2290 for more information.
Recaro Signo Car Seats
Feb. 27, 2009 - Recaro has recalled about 5,500 Signo car seats manufactured between February and September 2008 because a spring inside the locking cam was manufactured outside the dimensional requirements. As a result, the front harness adjuster can slip within the metal adjuster (A-lock), preventing the harness from being properly tightened. Recaro will notify registered owners. Affected Signo car seats will be replaced. Call 888-473-2290 for more information.