More than 30,000 Combi USA Inc. child car seats have been recalled for harnesses that are too weak under federal safety standards and could fail during a crash. The Charlotte, N.C.-based manufacturer said it was recalling three lines of child restraints that were produced before December 2012 because their harness webbing failed to meet the minimum breaking strength requirements of the federal motor vehicle safety standards.
All of Combi’s Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360 convertible child restraint produced before December 2012 were all noncompliant. An embedded plastic button in the webbing is to blame, the company said. The button keeps buckle tongues from sliding into the recesses of the restraint but was found to diminish the overall strength of the seat belt assembly. As a result, children might not be adequately secured in the event of a crash, according to the recall notice.
Combi is encouraging consumers to continue using the restraints until they receive remedy kits allowing for the noncompliant harnesses to be replaced. The company expects to send out the kits starting Feb. 6. Consumers were told to wait until then and not to bring the restraints back to retailers.
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