Combi USA is recalling more than 33,000 child car seats made before January 2013 because the harnesses aren’t strong enough to meet federal safety standards.
The Charlotte, N.C., company is recalling the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the seat straps don’t meet minimum strength requirements. If there’s a crash, children may not be properly secured.
A company spokeswoman says the seats are still safe to use because the harness as a whole meets safety standards. She says one part of the harness that includes a plastic button failed strength tests. Seats made after January 2013 don’t have the same problem.
The webbing used on the harness of the affected child restraints has an embedded plastic button that keeps the buckle tongues from sliding into the recesses of the restraint. The webbing with the embedded plastic button, when tested independently from the child restraint system, does not meet the minimum breaking strength in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Standard No. 213.
The embedded plastic button affects the overall strength of the seat belt assembly, and in turn could potentially affect the overall performance of the child restraint in the event of a crash, according to Combi’s recall notice.
Combi has not received reports of accidents or injuries.
Consumers are encouraged to continue use of the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360 child restraints while awaiting a remedy kit provided by the company. These child restraints, when tested as a complete child restraint system, do fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 213.
The following model numbers are affected:
- Combi Coccoro Child Restraint Model Number: 8220 (Manufacture Dates: January 6, 2009 – December 5, 2012)
- Combi Zeus Turn Child Restraint Model Number: 8815 (Manufacture Dates: July 15, 2007 – March 25, 2009)
- Combi Zeus 360 Child Restraint Model Number: 8836 (Manufacture Dates: February 25, 2009 – May 24, 2012)
The model number information can be found on the underside of the units.
All registered owners of those products are being sent recall notifications.
All registered owners of the affected Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360 should register for the free remedy kit online at CombiUSA Safety Notifications/Recall Information or call the recall information line at (844) 697-1690.
These kits will be available on or before February 6, 2014. This kit contains harness webbing without the embedded plastic button. Detailed instructions for this remedy will be included with the kit and are also available online at CombiUSA Safety Notifications/Recall Information. This repair will take less than 30 minutes to complete.