A baby product manufacturer has recalled about 447,000 of its infant car seat carriers, including some branded with Eddie Bauer and Disney logos. This came after dozens of reports of the carrier’s handle coming loose. There have been at least three injuries to babies, including bumps, bruises and a head injury. Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., received 77 reports of the child restraint handle fully or partially coming off the products. The government says consumers should immediately stop using the seat’s carrying handle. The bolts that attach the handle to the seat can loosen, causing the handle to possibly separate, thus creating a fall hazard for babies.
The recall involves Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney branded infant car seat carriers with certain model numbers. They were sold at department and children’s product stores nationwide from January 2008 through this month. The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Dorel Juvenile Group. NHTSA says consumers should not use the handle until a repair kit has been installed. The repair kit includes new bolts that consumers can attach to the handle and seat carrier. They can order these free repair kits by contacting Dorel at 866-762-3316.
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