Dorel Juvenile recalls 89,000 child safety seats
DETROIT (AP) - Dorel Juvenile USA is recalling more than 89,000 child safety seats because labels showing how to install them could be wrong.
The recall affects some Safety 1st Complete Air LX, Safety 1st Complete Air SE, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite and Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 convertible models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the rear-facing belt path installation arrows are wrong and could cause the seats to be installed incorrectly. If that happens, a child could be hurt in a crash. The company says there haven't been any incidents or injuries.
The seats were made from July 20, 2010 through May 18, 2011.
Company spokeswoman Julie Vallese said the incorrect labels were put on the seats to make them easier for customers to use and are not required by safety laws. Installation information in the owner's manuals is correct, she said.
"The performance, crashworthiness, all of the structural integrity of the car seats are unaffected in any way by this recall," Vallese said.
Dorel will notify registered owners and send new labels for free. Owners may call Dorel at 1-877-675-2355 or www.djgusa.com for details.
Columbus, Ind.-based Dorel contended that the problem was inconsequential to safety of the seats, but NHTSA rejected the claim and ordered the recall.
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