Recent Consumer Reports tests have prompted safety recalls of several products for children.
Evenflo is recalling 13,792 Evenflo Maestro Combination Booster Seats in the U.S.; 4,479 units are being recalled in Canada. The recall includes model numbers beginning with 310 that were manufactured through April 2010. The recall was issued after our tests showed that two of the seats cracked and their harnesses loosened in simulated 30-mph frontal crashes, which could leave a child inadequately restrained. Both failures occurred when the seat was tested in its five-point harness mode, though no problems were found when the seat was used as a booster seat. Consumers can get a free remedy kit by calling 800-233-5921 in the U.S. or 800-265-0749 in Canada. Our latest tests show that the kit solves the problem.
Our testing also uncovered safety hazards with two strollers that we rated as “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” in the June 2010 issue. About 12,000 Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers have been recalled because the opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to a young child who is not harnessed. Consumers should remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Valco Baby at 800-610-7850 or www.valcobaby.com for a free replacement grab bar.
About 800 Tike Tech Single City X3 and X3 Sport Jogging Strollers have also been recalled for a similar grab-bar hazard. Consumers should immediately remove the bar from the stroller and contact Tike Tech at 800-296-4602 or www.tiketech.com for a free replacement grab bar.