Safety 1st and Maxi-Cosi have recalled nearly 60,000 car seats. Here’s everything parents need to know
If you use a car seat by Safety 1st or Maxi-Cosi, you’re going to want to read this: thousands of these car seats have been recalled after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration discovered a safety issue with the lower seat anchor that secures the base to your vehicle. Routine safety compliance testing showed that in a crash, these car seats’ bases could detach, failing to keep your child safe.
Nearly 60,000 car seats manufactured by the Dorel Juvenile Group are included in the recall. The affected brands all have self-retracting latch systems. There’s a long list of specific model numbers that are affected, including many colors and styles, car seats that were purchased as part of a Travel System that includes a stroller, and some Canadian models. The complete list can be found here.
To see if your car seat is part of the recall, check the manufacturer’s label, which should be a sticker on the carrier shell or base of your car seat, for the model number and manufacture date.
If you have a car seat that’s affected by the recall, your next step is to register your car seat at https://www.maxicosi.com/us-en/registration/ or https://www.safety1st.com/us-en/registration/. Alternatively, you can contact the Dorel Juvenile Consumer Care team at 1-877-657-9546 or RetractableLatchRecall@djgusa.com. The company will reach out to owners about sending them a free replacement base once they have enough availability.
In the meantime, you can continue to use your car seat safely as long as you secure it using your vehicle’s built-in safety belts. There are instructions for how to do that in this YouTube video and in your car seat’s instruction booklet.