Car Seat Recall List
Car seat recalls are just part of life with kids. Thankfully, this electronic age makes it much easier to stay on top of things now. Parents, grandparents, and others who transport kids can know sooner what to do to keep them safe.
If you receive a recall notice, it’s important to read through it carefully. Usually it will explain the issue and include instructions on how to request a parts kit that will remedy the issue.
It’s OK to continue using the recalled car seat or booster seat until the parts arrive, unless your recall notice says otherwise. Most of the time, its safer for a child (especially under 40 pounds) to ride in a recalled car seat than with just a seat belt. If you have another car seat that is appropriate for the child’s weight and height, that’s another good option. Still, don’t put off getting the recalled car seat fixed.
Parents are often the first to notice potential recall issues. If you have a recurring problem with your car seat, you can notify the manufacturer through their website. You may learn that there is already a simple solution, or bring an issue to light so it can be reviewed for a possible recall.
Keeping Tabs on Recalls
There are a few ways to keep tabs on recalls.
The most direct way is to register your car seat or booster seat when you first buy it. And if you didn’t, then now is the next best time. Most come with a snail-mail card you can fill out (and mail!), or you can register on the manufacturer’s website. You’ll need the model info from the white label on the back of the car seat. Once this is done, the manufacturer can contact you directly if a recall happens in the future.
If your car seat or booster seat isn’t registered, you can still go to the manufacturer’s website to check for possible recalls. You’ll still need the model information mentioned above. Also, if the car seat is part of a stroller system, a recall might be listed under the stroller model name and number instead of the car seat’s model name and number.
Lastly, there are two government websites pertaining to recalls. Those links are below, as well as links to the major car seat manufacture sites, each with it’s own car seat recall list.
Recalls.gov – This site is compiled by multiple governmental agencies and includes recalls for a wide variety of consumer goods.
Parents Central – This is an informative section of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. You can register here for email notification of car seats, vehicles, tires, and other equipment.
SaferCar.gov – Also part of the NHTSA’s website, this page features a car seat recall search by brand and model number.
Safety First car seat recall (a Dorel Juvenile brand)
Cosco car seat recall (a Dorel Juvenile brand)
Eddie Bauer car seat recall (a Dorel Juvenile brand)
Chicco car seat recall – car seat recalls available by registration only
Recaro car seat recall (USA)
Britax car seat recall (USA)
Cybex car seat recall – car seat recalls available by registration only
Orbit Baby car seat recalls – car seat recalls available by registration only