May 1, 2001Evenflo Recalls Evenflo®
Joyride® Car Seats/Carriers for Repair
OH (SafetyAlerts) - Evenflo Co. Inc.
said today it is recalling about 3.4 million Joyride® infant car seats/carriers. When the
seat is used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat
to flip forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground
and suffer serious injuries.
There have been 240 reports, in the
United States, of handles unexpectedly releasing, resulting in 97 injuries. These reports
include skull fractures, concussions, a broken leg, and numerous scratches and bruises.
"Evenflo is offering a free
repair to prevent the seat from flipping forward," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown.
"It's an easy repair to make, and it is designed to protect your baby from a very
"Riding in a car seat in the
vehicle's rear seat is the safest way to transport young children in a motor
vehicle," said NHTSA Executive Director Bob Shelton. "The recall announced today
is related to only using the seat as a carrier and not to how the seat performs while in a
car. Parents can continue to use these carriers as car seats."
The recall involves all Evenflo
Joyride® car seat/carriers, which are white or gray plastic with seat pads of various
colors and patterns. "Evenflo Joyride Car Seat/Carrier" is written on the
outside of the handle locks. The seats have model numbers beginning with 203, 205, 210,
435 or 493, which can be found on a label underneath or on the side of the car
Juvenile product, mass merchandise
and major discount stores nationwide sold the car seats/carriers from January 1988 through
December 1998 for about $30 when sold alone, $48 when sold as a Travel Tandem® (with a
detachable convenience base), and $89 when sold with a matching stroller.
Evenflo will provide consumers with a
free easy-to-install repair kit that helps secure the handle. Consumers should not carry
the seat by the handle until it has been repaired. CPSC, NHTSA and Evenflo remind
caregivers to always restrain infants according to the instructions when in the car
To receive a free repair kit, call
Evenflo toll-free at (800) 557-3178 anytime, or visit the website at http://www.joyridecarseat.com.
Consumers should have the car seat in front of them when they call or access the website.
Consumers with questions about this recall campaign should call CPSC's Hotline at (800)
638-2772 or visit CPSC's website at www.cpsc.gov.
Information also is available at the NHTSA's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at (888)
DASH-2-DOT (327-4236) or visit NHTSA's website at www.nhtsa.gov.
The recall results from a cooperative
investigation conducted by NHTSA and CPSC, which has led to several recalls in the
industry for similar problems.
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