Montreal, Quebec – A product advisory notice has been issued in Canada for certain Dorel infant car seats, which may pose a potential safety hazard due to a handle that may loosen and come off when the seat is used as an infant carrier.
The notice affects certain Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Cosco and Quinny Designer 22 infant restraints manufactured from January 6, 2008 through April 6, 2009.
The seats are the focus of a recall in the U.S. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said that consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Dorel Distribution Canada (DDC) said that the infant restraints were sold either separately or as part of a travel system. The stroller portion of the travel system is not affected by the consumer information notice.
DDC said that there have been no reported injuries. In the U.S., Dorel said it had received 77 reports of the handle fully or partially coming off the carrier, resulting in at least three injuries to infants including bumps, bruises and a head injury.
Consumers can contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free handle repair kit. The company said that until the repair kit is installed, the seat can continue to be used as directed in the manual, but that it should be carried by the head and foot.
For a complete list of affected infant carriers, and for information on contacting the company for a repair kit, visit Dorel.