How do I know if my seat has been recalled?
All child car seats come with a registration card. The primary purpose of this card is to ensure that the manufacturer has a way to contact you in the event of a recall. It is very important that you fill this card out and mail it to the manufacturer (if you have moved since filling out the postcard or if you never completed one, click here to download a form that you can complete for this purpose). Don't risk your child's well-being, we recommend that you check for recalls once every couple of months.
Look for a label on the side, back, or bottom of the seat. Some of the information may be in number codes (if in doubt, bring the seat to the telephone, contact the manufacturer directly and ask them which information is the required information to check for recalls). Then, click a the Manufacturer on the following page to see a list of recalled car seats or call them directly.
Within each manufacturer, seats are listed in the following order: Infant Seats, Convertible Seats, Forward-facing or Combination Seats, and then Booster Seats.
Note: While this list contains recall information about products manufactured since 1981 it is recommended that you use a car seat no more than 6 to 10 years old.
Does the seat have to be sent back?
Not usually. Most problems can be fixed by replacing a part that the manufacturer will send you for free. Sometimes, with an older seat, or when the company is out of business, you may need to destroy it. To make sure it is not reused, crush it or take it completely apart, marking it "not for use as a car seat" before throwing it out in a black plastic garbage bag.
Should I go on using a recalled seat?
Many defects are minor, but some are serious. All problems should be corrected as soon as possible. Unless you have another seat, you should go on using the recalled one while you are waiting for the repair kit. Using a recalled car seat is almost always safer than letting your child ride in only a safety belt.
This list, covering car seats manufactured after 1/01/81, was compiled by the Safety Restraint Coalition in Kirkland, Washington. We endeavor to keep this list accurate and up-to-date, however information from the manufacturers may change without our knowledge. Call the manufacturer to verify recall information.