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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 24, 2014

Evenflo recalls more than 200,000 rear-facing infant child restraints with defective harness buckles

By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

Evenflo Company, Inc. is recalling 202,346 Embrace 35 two-piece, rear-facing infant child restraints equipped with an AmSafe QT1 buckle because, over time, use of the seat can make the harness crotch buckle difficult to unlatch. Evenflo warned that a buckle which does not release easily, or possibly at all, may make it difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency, in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. Although Evenflo has received a small number of complaints alleging difficulty unlatching the harness buckle, none of the complaints involved a child injury or an emergency exit from the vehicle. This buckle has not been used to manufacture the Embrace 35 since May 2013.

The model numbers affected include: 30711365, 31511040, 31511323, 31511400, 3151198, 3151953, 31521138, 46811205, 46811237, 48111200, 48111215, 48111215A, 48111218, 48111234, 48111235, 48111235A, 48111462, 48411391, 48411391D, 48411392, 48411504, 48411504D, 52911307A, 52921040, 55311138, 55311238, and 55311292 and were manufactured at various times from December 2011 through May 2013. (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 14C006, October 24, 2014).

Remedy. Evenflo will notify registered owners and provide a remedy kit, including a replacement buckle and instructions for easy consumer removal of the AmSafe buckle and installation of the newly-designed replacement buckle. Evenflo had expected the recall to begin on, or about, October 22, 2014.

Contact information. Owners of these infant child restraints may contact Evenflo's toll-free number at 1-800-490-7591, or visit their website at www.embracebuckle.evenflo.com. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Evenflo Company, Inc.

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