CPSC, NHTSA and Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Announce Recall to Repair Infant Car Seats/Carriers
WASHINGTON D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. of Columbus, Ind. is voluntarily recalling about 26,000 Safety 1st and Beatrix Potter "Designer 22" infant car seats/carriers. When the seat is used as a carrier, the plastic handle can unexpectedly release from the carrying position. When this happens an unrestrained infant can fall to the ground and suffer injuries. Dorel Juvenile Group has received 4 reports of the handle releasing. No injuries were reported. The recalled car seats/carriers were sold under the Safety 1st and Beatrix Potter "Designer 22" brand names and were manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group in the U.S. The seats were manufactured between January 3, 2002 and February 13, 2002. Only model numbers and color codes 02-621-SAL, 02-620-AZY and 02-620-BEA are included in this recall. The model number and manufacture date are located on the instruction and warning label on the side of the car seat/carrier. Mass merchandise and department stores nationwide sold the "Designer 22" infant car seats/carriers from January, 2002 through April, 2002 for between $40 and $70. None of the car seats/carriers were sold in Canada. Consumers can continue to use the "Designer 22" as a car seat but should stop using it as a carrier immediately and contact Dorel Juvenile Group by faxing 800-207-8182 or calling 800-536-1090 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Consumers with questions about this recall campaign can call the CPSC Hotline at (800) 638-2772. Consumers also can call NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at (888) DASH-2-DOT/(888) 327-4236 (recall number 02E-027) or (202) 366-0123 for more information.