On Friday morning, Diono announced that they are issuing a recall for over 500,000 car seats. During company testing, they realized that their child-restraint and booster car seats may not adequately protect children in the case of a crash.
The recall covers the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier seats. The company, formerly known as Sunshine Kids Juvenile, distributed these seats as early as 2014.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Thursday that when the seats are secured using only the lap belt, any child over 65 pounds has an increased risk of a chest injury in a crash.
Diono issued a statement about the recall to their social media accounts. They said that they will send current owners a kit with an energy absorbing pad and a new chest clip to combat the issues at no cost.
They said, "Diono is a leading designer and manufacturer of Child Safety Seats and other juvenile products. We are committed to improving safety for babies and young children traveling in cars. As a result of our rigorous quality control, and ongoing product testing, we have established that if our convertible child safety seat is installed forward facing in vehicles with a lap-belt (type 1) only without top tether it crosses into a technical non-compliance. If our convertible child safety seat is being used with a lap and shoulder safety belt (type 2) or with our Super LATCH system, or top tether the child safety seat is unaffected."
They continued, "Please Note: In September of 2005 a US law passed requiring a three-point belt in every back seat for all cars manufactured after 2007 – most vehicle manufacturers complied well before that date. It is highly unlikely that you will be affected by this voluntary recall."
In order to find out if your child's seat will be affected by this recall, Diono asked the following questions:
A) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap and shoulder belt, or with our super LATCH system, or using the top tether? If the answer is yes, you are unaffected by this notice.
B) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap belt only and top tether? If the answer is yes, you are unaffected by this notice.
C) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap belt only? If the answer is yes, you might be affected by this notice. If the answer to C is yes, you are only affected if your seat was manufactured after 11/25/13. You will be able to locate this information on the manufacturer’s label on the product.
For further questions, the company advised that concerned customers call their toll-free number at 1-855-215-4951.
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