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Evenflo just recalled 56,000 Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats—specifically, the ones manufactured before January 29, 2016.
The company discovered through customer feedback that children riding in the car seat using the forward-facing harnessed booster mode were able to access the Central Front Adjuster (CFA), which could loosen the harness.
"While seats with an internal harness are typically equipped with a CFA, the Transitions is the only Evenflo seat which allowed a child enough access to activate the CFA and simultaneously loosen the harness. Without a snug harness restraining the child, the potential for injury in a crash increases."
However Evenflo stresses "that this issue does not affect the structural integrity of the Transitions seat in a crash and no injuries have occurred in connection with this issue."
So how do you know if your item is part of the recall?
Check the model number on the sticker on your booster seat. The recall only involves model numbers: 34411686, 34411695 and 34411029, and they were first produced on December 18, 2014.
Evenflo will provide customers with affected car seats a free remedy kit that will restrict the child's access to the CFA. But before even receiving your kit, Evenflo is asking customers to pay attention to whether their child is messing with the CFA in the first place as "the vast majority of children do not show an interest in gaining access to this area."
If your kid isn't accessing that area, then there's no risk and you can continue to use the seat safely in harnessed mode until the remedy kit arrives. Or if your child is accessing the CFA and is at least 40 pounds and 43.3 inches, they can also continue to safely use the seat in high-back or no-back belt-positioning modes until the kit is installed.
However if your child doesn't meet those size requirements and is "also gaining access to the CFA area, then please discontinue use of the seat until the remedy kit is installed."
For any questions, you can call Evenflo's ParentLink Consumer Resource Center at 1-800-233-5921, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern time.