April 5, 2002

NHTSA announces recall of Peg Perego child seats

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a safety recall of certain Peg Perego infant child seats.

The recall involves 55,162 infant car seats produced from May 20, 2001, through Feb. 15, 2002. The models include Martinelli Primo Viaggio with base, Pliko Travel System, Primo Viaggio System, Atlantico System, and Atlantico Trek System SNG. The seats have a snap in the upholstery directly over the locking belt adjustment mechanism (A-Loc Adjuster). When the upholstery is attached by the snap to the cover of the A-Loc Adjuster, it may cause tension in the upholstery due to the weight of the child, which may prevent the complete engagement of the A-Loc Adjuster and allow some slippage in the harness restraints. In the event of a vehicle crash, the child may not be properly restrained.

Peg Perego is notifying its customers and providing instructions on how to remove the plastic cover. Removing the cover will allow the A-Loc Adjuster to function properly. Within 4 to 6 weeks customers will receive a new cover that can be simply snapped into place.

“Parents should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing the plastic cover and then continue to use the child seat while waiting for the new snap cover,” said Dr. Jeffrey Runge, NHTSA Administrator. “Children should ride properly restrained in the back seat, every trip.”

For more information, owners should call Peg Perego toll-free at 877-737-3468, visit www.perego.com/ or write to Peg Perego USA, Inc., 3625 Independence Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

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