Evenflo has recalled about 202,000 ‘Embrace 35’ child seats, because the harness buckle that the affected models use may become difficult to unbuckle overtime, due to exposure to contaminants like food and drinks. The seats involved were manufactured between December 2011 and May 2013.
The buckle problem is a potential risk in the event of an accident or vehicle fire in which case the child would need to be quickly removed from the car, and although the child and seat could be removed together, it’s something a parent might not think to do during an emergency situation.
For more info, go to Evenflo’s dedicated recall site, or call 800-490-7591. The company will provide owners of seat models with the QT1 buckle with a “remedy kit” with replacement buckle. Those who have seats with the QT3 buckle will be offered a replacement buckle on request.
In July, Graco recalled 1.9 million car seats (following an earlier recall of 4.2 million toddler seats), in the largest infant seat recall in U.S. history, due to similar buckle problems.