Evenflo, a car seat manufacturer, has finally agreed to recall 202,000 rear-facing infant seats, putting an end to a standoff with federal safety regulators. The seat that is being recalled is the Embrace 35, which was manufactured between 2011 and 2013.
The seat was recalled because of a defective buckle. The buckles were manufactured by AmSafe Commercial Products, and were used by both Evenflo and Graco. Between Evenflo and Graco, almost six million seats which had the defective buckles were recalled.
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating some Graco car seats, after parents complained that they couldn't get their children out of the seats, and had to use a knife or scissors to cut the straps. The investigation was later expanded to include products from Evenflo.
Earlier this year, Graco recalled 4.2 million forward facing car seats and Evenflo recalled almost 1.4 million forward facing seats because of the defective buckles. At that time, the companies refused to recall infant seats, because even if a buckle was hard to release, they argued, the part of the seat the child was sitting in could be quickly detached from the base and removed from the car, which means that children would not be at risk in the event of an emergency such as a fire.
The NHTSA continued to demand a recall of the seats. Graco recalled the seats this summer, but Evenflo refused until earlier this month. It said in a statement that in over two and a half years it had received only 10 complaints from owners, none of which involved an emergency.
This situation illustrates how unwilling many companies are to recall products, even after it is determined that they are defective. The companies know that recalls are expensive and damaging to their reputations. Many companies would rather hide their safety problems and quietly settle out of court with anyone who is harmed by their products than to issue a recall.
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