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Combi USA Recalls 33,000 Car Seats

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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)

Combi Recall

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.

 

About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. FYI – The League of Angles ad that is playing by your post is very distracting and offensive. I wanted to lean about the recall not have a video of a woman’s breast and butt in my face.

    I love baby gizmo – I hope this is not going to be a regular thing.

  2. *learn

  3. Candice says:

    Mary I don’t see that

  4. It’s not like you had to click on that video! Which you must of done to know there were butt in that video! lol

  5. Angela says:

    I agree about the ad. Thank goodness it didn’t play automatically since I have children in the room.

  6. amanda says:

    I don’t see the ad, but I have adblockplus. Check it out, it’s free.

  7. ads are chosen based on your prior search history…

  8. I see the ad too. blech!

  9. Shelly Jones says:

    Ad Block Plus (browser add on) works great! I see no ads!

  10. Jennifer says:

    The ads you see also depends on what sites you have visited in the past. For example, because I live in two countries (Canada and Romania) I see ads from both of these countries, whereas I am sure none of you are seeing the Romanian ad that I see. Which ads are posted are not always chosen by the person hosting.

  11. Gabriela says:

    I see no such ad. But yes, if you have searched for something along those lines, you will see related ads pop up. Surely it’s not something to get so worked up about.

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