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Major US car seat recall: Important note to Canadians

The major Recaro car seat recall in the US serves as an important reminder for Canadians.

car seat recallThere’s been a massive car seat recall in the US. More than 39,000 Recaro ProSport model 385 car seats have been recalled. When the seat is installed with the lower Latch anchors alone (no top tether), the child’s head is not sufficiently supported—posing an increased risk of injury during a crash.

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The affected car seats were on the market from June 16, 2010 to January 31, 2013.

If you have this car seat
Recaro will be contacting registered owners and offering a replacement advisory label, as well as a new instructions manual telling owners not to use the Latch system when the child reaches 40 pounds. For more information, contact Recaro at 888-973-2276, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.

Note to Canadians
We know they’re often cheaper, but don’t be tempted by car-seat sales south of the border. This recall serves as a good reminder for Canadians not to buy US car seats that don’t comply with Canada’s Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seat Safety Regulations. Indeed, Transport Canada and Health Canada warn consumers against it. From Transport Canada:

Transport Canada and Health Canada are concerned that parents and caregivers may not know that it is illegal to import and use in Canada a seat that does not comply with Canadian standards. Many consumers are looking south of the border and in other countries for the best buy without knowing all of the facts. Some are either bringing the seats with them across the border or are buying them by mail order and having them shipped home.

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As Transport Canada indicates, moreover, “If the seat is purchased outside of Canada and a recall notice is issued, the parent or caregiver may not be informed of the recall or have legal recourse with the manufacturer.”

Please see full Transport Canada advisory with complete details here. 

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