Car seat manufacturer Evenflo is implementing a voluntary recall of select Evolve booster seat models in cooperation with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada. The recall impacts approximately 32,000 booster seats.
While no injuries have yet occurred, the company has received 27 complaints of children being able to access and press the harness adjustment button on their own, increasing the chances of the harness loosening.
In a press release, Evenflo Safety Advocate Sarah Haverstick states: “Child safety is at the forefront of every decision we make. In conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada, we are working to ensure all owners are aware of the voluntary campaign.”
The company is providing a free remedy kit that includes a replacement harness adjustment button that is push-style to replace the current pull-style button and instructions for use.
If your child isn't physically able to activate the button on their own to loosen the harness, Evenflo states the seat may continue to be used safely until the free remedy kit is installed. However, if your child is able to access this button, you shouldn't use the car seat until the kit has been installed.
Evenflo also wants to remind parents that if you're using the seat for the stages 2 and 3 belt-positioning modes, the seats may continue to be used safely.
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The recall is in effect for seats in harnessed mode only and affects Evolve Booster Seats produced prior to February 9, 2016 with the following model numbers: 34411700, 34411741 and 34411700C (Canada only).
If your child's car seat is included in this list, you can request the remedy kit, at no charge, by visiting www.evolve.evenflo.com or by calling their ParentLink Consumer Resource Center at 1-800-233-5921 for US or 1-800-265-0749 for Canada, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.