Recall Alert! Safety 1st and Eddie Bauer Car Seats

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Dorel Juvenile USA has announced a recall on more than 89,000 child safety seats because the labels showing how to install them could be marked incorrectly. The following car seats have been included in the recall: Safety 1st Complete Air LX, Safety 1st Complete Air SE, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite and Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 convertible models.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on their website that the rear-facing belt path installation arrows are wrong and could cause the seats to be installed incorrectly. Though there have yet to be any incidents or injuries reported, the NHTSA is worried that a child could be hurt in a car crash if the seat is not installed correctly.

“Dorel Juvenile has determined that certain child restraint systems manufactured from July 20, 2010 through May 18, 2011 do not fully comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. A color coordinated ease of use label depicting the rear-facing mode instruction was positioned on the incorrect side of the base. The arrows on this label point towards the forward-facing belt path instead of the rear-facing belt path which could potentially cause confusion to the consumer,” reads a statement from the Dorel website.

Here are a list of model numbers and CRS descpritions included in the recall:

22187ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187REMA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SAR, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22187SARA, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22465FSM, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
22790CGT, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC033BMT, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANK, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043ANL, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC043AQS, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite
CC046AAI, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046AAU, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046CTA, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046SNW, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC046WPR, Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1
CC050AJH, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANY, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050ANZ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC050AOQ, Safety 1st Complete Air LX
CC051AIR, Safety 1st Complete Air SE

A spokeswoman for Dorel Juvenile USA, Julie Vallese, said that the incorrect labels were put on the seats to make them easier for customers to use and are not required by safety laws and that installation information in the owner’s manual remains correct. “The performance, crashworthiness, all of the structural integrity of the car seats are unaffected in any way by this recall,” she added.

The seats were made from July 20, 2010 through May 18, 2011 and sold nationwide. Dorel plans to notify registered owners and send new labels for free. For further details, contact Dorel at (877) 675-2355 or email us at rfbaselabel@djgusa.com. You can visit them online for further details. The affected seats should not be returned to the retailer.

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