June 25, 2003Dorel Juvenile Group Has Recalled Infant
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dorel Juvenile Group
Inc., of Columbus, Ind., Has Recalled Cosco Arriva and Turnabout infant car
seats/carriers to address a problem with the carry handle. On July 8, 1999,
the two federal agencies and Cosco, now known as the Dorel Juvenile Group,
announced the recall of 670,000 of these infant car seat/carriers made from
March 1995 through September 1997. This recall adds 1.2 million of the same
model infant car seats/carriers made through January 2000.
When the seat is used as a carrier, the plastic handle locks can
unexpectedly break or release from the carrying position, causing the seat
to unlatch or flip forward. When this happens, an infant can fall to the
ground and suffer injuries.
Dorel Juvenile Group has received 416 reports of the handle locks on the
additional recalled infant car seats/carriers breaking or unlatching,
resulting in nine injuries to children. These reports include bruises and
scratches to the head and face. According to the reports, some injuries
occurred to children restrained in the seat.
The recalled car seats/carriers were sold under the Cosco Arriva and
Turnabout brand names and were manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group in the
U.S. The car seat/carriers have the following model numbers:
The model number and manufacture date are located on the instruction and
warning label on the side of the car seat/carrier. The recalled seats were
manufactured on or before Jan. 31, 2000.
Juvenile product, mass merchandise, department stores and major discount
stores nationwide sold the Arriva and Turnabout infant car seats/carriers
from Sept. 10, 1997 through December 2000 for between $30 and $60 when sold
alone or $90 to $140 when sold with strollers. The recalled seats are no
longer available for purchase.
Consumers should continue to use the Arriva and Turnabout as a car seat but
should stop using it as a carrier immediately and contact Dorel Juvenile
Group to receive a free repair kit. Consumers should call Dorel at (800)
880-9435 between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by going
to the firm’s Web site at www.djgusa.com.