Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Child Car Seat Is Recalled

The manufacturer says the seat may not protect children from head injuries in the event of a crash

Dorel Max Cosi Pria 85
Dorel Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 child car seat.

The Dorel Juvenile Group has recalled 83,000 Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 convertible child car seats because they may not adequately protect larger children in a crash.

According to documents posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), children who weigh 65 pounds or more could suffer a head injury in a crash when the seat is in the forward-facing position and secured using the lap belt without also using the top-tether strap. The child’s head could come in contact with the vehicle interior during the crash, which could result in potential head injuries, the NHTSA notice says. 

This noncompliance recall is because in testing the seat failed to properly restrain the test dummy, thereby not conforming to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213, which covers child restraint systems.

The NHTSA regulatory crash-tests are conducted on a bench seat using only a lap belt—not a three-point (lap and shoulder) seat belt—and without the top tether strap connected. 

Consumer Reports’ child safety engineer, Emily Thomas, says that this recall is a reminder for parents to always use the top tether with their forward-facing child car seat. “Whether the seat is installed using the vehicle belts or using the lower LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) anchors, it’s imperative for parents to use the top tether strap as an extra measure of safety,” Thomas says. “Top tethers are effective at preventing forward movement of your child and car seat.”

There is proposed rule making to update and modify FMVSS 213, including changing the testing process to test child car seats with a three-point seat belt.

At this time, the Dorel Group hasn’t established a remedy, nor has the manufacturer provided a schedule for notifying consumers of the recall. Dorel hasn’t responded to CR’s email inquiries about the recall.

The Details

Seats recalled: 83,000 Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible child car seats.

The problem: The seat may not adequately protect larger children when it’s installed in the forward-facing orientation using the lap belts and without the top-tether strap attached.

The fix: Dorel Group hasn’t provided a remedy at this time, nor has it provided a timetable for recall notification.

How to contact the manufacturer: Dorel’s customer service can be reached by calling 877-657-9546. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21C003.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.