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| Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn

Another recall has been issued for baby gear. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recalled 447,000 infant car seats from brands like Eddie Bauer, Disney, and Costco.

This recall comes shortly after another recall was issued by the CSPC for infant travel gear. In June, the CSPC recalled over a million strollers by the popular baby brand Maclaren after they were found to be causing serious injuries in babies. My colleague, John Cooper, wrote an article about those strollers and how they had caused children’s fingers to become amputated.

Now it appears another infant product maker, Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc., is facing a similar recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), the infant car carrier seats have a faulty child restraint handle. The restraint handle can come off, posing the risk of serious injury to a child. So far one head injury and several minor injuries to children have been reported.

The infant car seats were made by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. and distributed by the national retailers; Eddie Bauer, Disney, Costco and Safety 1st. The models effected by the recall include: the Sojourn Travel System, Eurostar Travel System, Lite Wave Travel System, Vector Travel System (all sold by Safety 1st,) the Sprint Travel System sold by Costco, the Disney Propack Travel System sold by Disney, the Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System, and the Eddie Bauer Endeavor Travel System sold by Eddie Bauer.

A defective car seat can be dangerous, even deadly, for a child. If the car seat were to fail during a car accident that child would be unprotected and would sustain serious damages.

If you own one of these infant car seats we urge you to discontinue use immediately. The Dorel Juvenile Group is offering a free repair kit for the car seat. You can obtain a repair kit at the Dorel Juvenile Group Website.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (NC-VA law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard, Virginia Beach Injuryboard, and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.


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