December 19, 1999Kolcraft Infant Car Seats/Carriers Recalled
Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Kolcraft Enterprises of
Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 754,000 infant car seat/carriers for repair. When used
as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly move from the intended carrying
position, causing the seat to suddenly rotate. When this happens, the infant can fall to
the ground and suffer serious injuries.
"Kolcraft is offering a free repair kit to
address the problem," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "It's an easy repair to
make, and it is designed to protect your baby from a very serious injury." There have
been more than 3,000 reports of handle-related problems, the majority of which report that
the handle of the infant car seat/carrier unexpectedly moved from the intended use
position, resulting in 42 injuries to infants. Some children were restrained in the
carrier and others were not. These injuries range from a skull fracture and concussions to
cuts, scrapes and bruises. "Riding in a child safety seat on the car's rear seat for
every trip is the safest way to transport young children in a motor vehicle," said
NHTSA Acting Administrator Rosalyn Millman. "The recall announced today is not
related to how the seat performs while in a car. Parents should continue using these
carriers as car seats."
The recall involves Kolcraft infant car
seat/carriers with the model names: Infant Rider, Secura, Travel-About, Plus 4, Plus 5,
Kolcraft Infant Restraint, Kolcraft Infant Car Seat and Playskool Infant Car Seat
manufactured from January 1, 1993, through June 30, 1999. The five-digit model/style
number and manufacture date, written as month/day/year and possibly the model name are
written on a label on the side of the seat. Some car seat/carriers also were sold with
If the first digits of the model/style numbers on
your car seat/carrier match the numbers in the following list, then it is subject to this
Model Style Number Series*
of Affected Kolcraft Car Seat/Carriers
1312X, 1382X, 1383X, 1384X, 1385X, 368XX, 43XXX,
*There are a total of 50 Model/Style numbers affected by this recall.
Juvenile product, mass merchandise and major
discount stores nationwide sold the car seat/carriers beginning in January 1993 for about
$30 to $60 when sold alone, or $100 to $150 when sold with strollers.
Kolcraft will provide a free repair kit designed
to make the handle more secure. The repair can be done easily in the home. Consumers
should not carry the seat by the handle until it has been repaired. Consumers can continue
to use the product as a car seat or in combination with the stroller. CPSC, NHTSA and
Kolcraft remind parents and caregivers to always restrain infants when in the car
seat/carrier according to instructions.
To receive a free repair kit or for more
information, call Kolcraft toll free at (877) 776-2609, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Seats manufactured from July 1, 1999, have newly designed handle mechanisms and are not
part of this recall. Also, the Kolcraft Rock N Ride is not part of this recall.
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