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MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Evenflo on Friday recalled 1.37 million convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, citing issues with a harness buckle.
The company announced it is recalling car seats that were manufactured from 2011 to 2014. Evenflo car seats are sold by stores including Wal-Mart, Target and online retailer Amazon.com.
"These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the convertible car seat or harnessed booster by toddlers," a statement from the company reads. "This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle."
Evenflo said the car seats still meet the federal safety requirements for car crashes, but if the buckle is sticking it may be difficult to quickly release a child during an emergency situation. The company said families can continue to use the car seat if they are not experiencing any sticking of the buckle.
The models included in the recall are the Momentum 65 (including the LX and DLX), Chase (including the LX, DLX and Select), Maestro (including Performance), Symphony (including 65, 65E3, LX, DLX and Snugli All-in-One), Titan (65 and SureRide DLX), and Secure Kid (LX, DLX, 100, 300, 400 and Snugli Booster).
People who are concerned their car seat may be impacted by the recall can check online or call 1-800-490-7591. Consumers affected by the recall can also receive a free remedy kit with a replacement buckle and installation instructions by calling the same number or filling out a form online.
Evenflo said consumers should not try to return their car seats to the store. If people are experiencing problems with the buckle sticking, the company provided instructions on how to clean the buckle while consumers wait for their remedy kit.
These select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time.
The company said it hasn't received any reports of children being injured in connection with the problems with the buckle.
The harness buckle was manufactured by Evenflo supplier AmSafe, according to a report from the company.
This is the second time a large-scale recall has been announced related to an AmSafe buckle this year — Graco recalled nearly 3.8 million child car seats in February.
Both companies issued the recall after investigating the safety of the buckle because of reports from parents about experiencing trouble, including having to cut children out of the harness to release them from the seats in some cases, according to the New York Times.