How to Use the PDF Child Restraint Recall List
- Newer Models List Updated: February 20, 2014
- Older Models List Revised: September 12, 2013
The HSRC PDF Child Restraint Recall List can be viewed and printed using versions 5 or higher of the free Adobe Reader software.
Jump to HSRC PDF recall list if you are already familiar with the formatting and use of this document.
If you are not familiar with the formatting of the pdf version of the HSRC Recall List and how to use it, please read the following before going to the pdf document through the link that follows "About ALL Child Restraints and Recalls" below.
Users of this list are encouraged to bookmark this page (with revision dates and user information) rather than bookmarking the URL for the pdf document itself.
About the PDF Version of the HSRC Recall List
The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) child restraint (CR) recall list identifies recalls and safety notifications for child restraint systems known by the HSRC as of the dates listed above. This list is updated by HSRC as soon as possible after recall notifications are announced.
The pdf version of the HSRC recall list is reformatted with older models being separated from newer models. Note the following:
- Recalls for models of child restraints where most or all of the effected units are 10 years old or older appear at the end of the list. A separate index for the older models precedes the list.
- The listing of older models with recalls will only be updated as "newer" models get to be old enough to be moved to the "older" models list.
- The index listing numbers and page numbers for the older models section will stay the same until the older model section is updated or otherwise revised. Programs that make multiple copies of the list, e. g., for use at clinics or permanent checking stations, should only have to make copies of the older model section when it is revised regardless of how often the main (newer model) section is revised.
- Users of this list are encouraged to bookmark this page (with revision dates and user information) rather than bookmarking the URL for the pdf document itself.
Instructions for using the pdf version of the HSRC recall list:
- Find the manufacturer, model name, model number, and date of manufacture on the label of the child restraint itself. Using this information:
- Look to see if the manufacturer and model name and/or model number are listed in the index*. Child restraints under recall are listed in the index by both model name and model number. Each entry on the list and in the index is assigned a "List #" based on its location in the list alphabetized by manufacturer and model name. List #'s for individual models will change in subsequent lists as models are added to or removed from the list.
- If that model name or model number is listed in the index, note the “List # (number)” and use the List # to locate the recall information for that model. Once located, check to see if the date range for the recall includes the date of manufacture listed on the label of the child restraint.
- If the restraint is included in the recall, inform the parent of this and refer them to the manufacturer for verification and correction or instruct them on the appropriate action of the manufacturer has gone out of business or discontinued their repair or replacement program.
- If the restraint is not included in the recall, inform the parent of this but still refer the parent to the manufacturer for verification of the restraint's recall status and to make sure it is registered with the manufacturer in case there is a recall issued on it in the future.
*Note that Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) products are indexed under each individual product line (Alpha Elite, Beatrix Potter, Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st) as well as under the broader "Dorel" label.
About Older Child Restraints and Recalls
Child restraints manufactured before 1981 were not required to be crash tested and must not be used. Most CR manufacturers stamp their child restraints with an expiration date, typically six to eight years from the date of manufacture. Most child passenger safety advocates recommend that if no expiration date can be found, CRs older than ten years should be replaced by a new one. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to contact the child restraint manufacturer for model specific recommendations.
Older models manufactured since 1981 are included as a part of this recall list because care givers will sometimes choose to use older child restraints even though it goes against the recommendations of most organizations and advocates. Knowing that a particular model is under recall, and if the defect cannot be corrected, should help to encourage the care giver to destroy the older CR and obtain a new one.
About ALL Child Restraints and Recalls
Child restraints are required to have labels indicating the manufacturer, model name and number, and date of manufacture. A child restraint should not be used if its recall status cannot be determined because the model name, model number, date of manufacture or manufacturer is not available.
Some of the recalls/notifications for CRs on this list may be more or less date- or lot-specific than what is listed. More detailed information should be obtained through the manufacturer and it is the manufacturer who can make the final determination if a specific CR is subject to recall.
Some of the recall notices are related to problems that do not make the seats unsafe in a crash, but all problems should be corrected. Phone numbers are provided when a corrective action can be taken. The manufacturer should advise you whether to continue using your current CR or to obtain another one until the problem can be corrected.
In cases where the manufacturer has gone out of business or discontinued replacement programs, you are advised to destroy the CR and use another one. Do not throw unsafe models in the trash where they can be picked up and used by others. Discarded CRs should be destroyed by having them crushed. At the least, they should be taken apart and stripped of upholstery, padding and straps to prevent others from using them.
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Comments, suggestions, or for further information, contact: The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, CB# 3430, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, 919-962-2202 or (in NC) 800-672-4527, or contact Bill Hall