Evenflo, the car seat manufacturer, has recalled 151 Big Kid Factory Select booster seats due to the seats in question being intended only for display purposes, lacking the necessary safety and instructional manual packaged with their commercial products. The seats fail Number 213 of The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which sets forth regulations and rules with respect to “Child Restraint Systems”.
The seats, inappropriately packaged, were sent to Evenflo’s institutional families, such as hopsitals and government agencies, with instructions to those agencies to give them out to families. Only those which were given out from these institutions were affected, as opposed to the seats sold commercially in stores, which contained all appropriate safety manuals.
The following models of seats were recalled:
Users will also notice a warning label on the back of the headrests of affected booster seats that reads “Display Only – Not Intended for Sale”
If you have received an affected seat, Evenflo will supply you an owners kit free of charge, containing a consumer registration card, an instruction manual, and a supplementary label that can be placed over the "display only" label. If you or someone you know is using an Evenflo booster seat, it is important to ensure that it is installed properly and that all instructions are followed to ensure your children’s safety while being used. If the seat was a Display Only model, you may contact Evenflo’s hotline at 1.800.233.5921, or at safety.evenflo.com to understand the steps you can take to ensure safety during use. Obtaining the proper paperwork and returning the consumer registration card will allow you to be updated as to recalls, and other potential dangers with such products. When it comes to the safety of your children, being informed is the first step to staying safe.