April 2, 2002

NHTSA announces recall of two child seats

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a safety recall of Evenflo Triumph child seats and Graco Sungride infant car seats.

The first recall involves 28,312 Evenflo Triumph convertible child restraints manufactured from October 20, 2001 through January 31, 2002. The name “Triumph” appears on the front of the car seats, and the car seats have model numbers beginning with “264.” The model number and date of manufacture appear on the white label on the lower, backside of the seat.

The agency said certain components which act as a link in the internal harness system manufactured by an Evenflo supplier may not meet design specifications, and may not be strong enough to fully secure the occupant in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in serious injury. Evenflo will provide owners with a free upgrade kit along with easy to follow installation instructions.

For more information, owners should call Evenflo’s toll-free number (800) 425-1967 or visit http://www.triumphcarseat.com/ or write to Evenflo Company, Inc., 707 Crossroads Court, Vandalia, OH 45377.

Owners of certain Graco SnugRide infant car seats should check for missing components on the base or the carrier shell. The company has announced a safety recall of 918,930 seats. The missing components are metal hooks and their retainer pins on the base, and the mating “U” shaped bars on the carrier shell used to attach the carrier to the base. If the hooks, pins, or “U” bars are missing, the carrier may not be securely attached. In a sudden stop or crash, the carrier may detach from the base and possibly cause serious injury or death.

If there are missing hooks, “U” bars, or pins, call Graco at 1-800-345-4109 to receive a replacement seat or base.

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