After recent testing, the car seat manufacturer, Recaro, found that a particular batch of its fix base – used primarily on the Optia child seat and the Privia infant carrier – did not meet certain safety standards. Recaro has issued an urgent product recall.
Recaro says the fix bases went through “rigorous testing” that is a higher level than the UN approval standard, but results found that on the Optia car seat, the hooks connecting the Recaro fix base and the car seat became deformed. If carrying a lot of weight, this deformation could cause the seat and the base to separate from each other.
Is your car seat recalled?
The affected batch is those with the serial numbers ER01000000, up to and including ER01017825. No other Recaro fix bases are affected.
To check to see if your car seat is recalled, enter your serial number on the Recaro Child Safety website. You can find your serial number on a sticker located on the underside of your Recaro fix base.
Recaro is offering a free fix base replacement to parents who have one of these recalled products. If your fix base matches with the serial numbers above, contact Recaro Child Safety to exchange the product.
Although the tests were conducted on the Optia car seat, Recaro recommends replacing the fix base if it’s used with the Privia car seat, as well as the Optia. Customers can find more information on the replacement program on Recaro Child Safety’s website.
How safe is your car seat?
Even if you do not own a Recaro car seat, you should still find out if there has been any recall for the car seat that you own that you may not be aware of. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem at no cost. If your child’s safety seat was recalled, get it fixed right away. Although some defects are minor, some are quite serious. All problems should be corrected as soon as possible. You do not want to risk the chance of possibility injuring your child.
You can find out by calling the manufacturer or contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety hotline at 888-327-4236. Make sure your car seat has a label with the model number and date of manufacture so that you can check to see if the seat has been recalled.
Every car seat is different, so always read the user guide and check the expiration date stamped on the plastic. Most car seats last between 5-9 years after they were manufactured, not when they were bought.
Check your car seat to see if there are any defects, such as cracks on the plastic. Make sure the car seat you are using has never been used in a crash. If you are using a used car seat from a friend or relative, find out about its history. Ask them for a detailed instruction booklet, or order it from the manufacturer if they do not have it, and make sure that the seat is not missing any parts. Ensure that you installed the car seat properly and are using it correctly.
It’s also helpful to know your state’s child car seat laws and ensure that you are doing everything possible to keep your child riding safe!