Mar 20, 2023

Over 59,000 Car Seats Are Recalled Due To a Seat Anchor Safety Issue

Over 59,000 Car Seats Are Recalled Due To a Seat Anchor Safety Issue - car seat

Earlier this month, Dorel Juvenile Group, a segment of Dorel Industries, Inc that focuses on juvenile brands like Maxi-Cosi and Tiny Love, are recalling over 59,000 products. According to the report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 60,000 of their car seats were recalled due to an issue with their car seats' lower anchors. According to the report, was found that during a car accident or crash, the lower anchors can fail, allowing the car seat to detach, increasing the risk of injury or death for any child in those seats. While the company has not officially received any injury reports over the car seats before the recall, the high risks associated with the lower anchors failed to comply with the federal safety requirements, thus triggering the recall. 

The NHTSA estimated that the recall affected 59,450 units manufactured from May 1st, 2020, to February 28th, 2023. The impacted car seats were mainly sold in the United States and Canada; however, the company reports show that customers in other countries also received affected car seat shipments. Dorel claims that the affected car seats include the Safety 1st onBoard 35 Secure Tech, Safety 1st Secure Tech Infant Base, Maxi-Cosi Coral XP, Maxi-Cosi Mico XP Max, Maxi-Cosi Mico XP, Maxi-Cosi Mico Luxe+, and Maxi-Cosi Infant Base car seats. 

Below, we have listed those car seats included in the recall, including the model numbers indicating their specific models and color/fashion. For customers looking to locate their product's model number, as well as the date of manufacture, they can be located on the label included on the carrier shell and/or the base of the car seat.

  • IC313 MAXI COSI CORAL XP CAR SEAT 
  • IC335 MAXI COSI INFANT CAR SEAT BASE 
  • IC336 MAXI COSI MICO XP MAX INFANT CAR SEAT  
  • IC337 MAXI COSI MICO XP MAX INFANT CAR SEAT 
  • IC338 MAXI COSI MICO XP MAX INFANT CAR SEAT  
  • IC351 SAFETY 1ST ONBOARD 35 SECURETECH CAR SEAT 
  • IC370 MAXI COSI MICO LUXE + INFANT CAR SEAT 
  • IC372 SAFETY 1ST SECURETECH INFANT CAR SEAT BASE

Certain car seat models were purchased at retailers with a stroller as part of a "Travel System." Those products include the following:  

  • TR416 MAXI COSI GIA XP TRAVEL SYSTEM W/MICO XP 
  • TR427 MAXI COSI ZELIA 2 MAX TRAVEL SYSTEM MXP 
  • TR428 MAXI COSI TAYLA TRAVEL SYSTEM W/MICO XP 
  • TR430 MAXI COSI ADORRA TRAVEL SYSTEM W/MICO XP 
  • TR433 MAXI COSI TAYLA XP TRAVEL SYS W/CORAL XP 
  • TR434 MAXI COSI MARA XT TRAVEL SYS W/ CORAL XP

Car seat models sold in Canada include the following:

  • 01371 CAN MAXI COSI LILA CP TRAVEL SYSTEM 
  • 22304 CAN MAXI COSI CORAL XP INFANT CAR SEAT 
  • 22321 CAN MICO XP MAX CAR SEAT 
  • 22334 CAN MAXI COSI MICO XP MAX 
  • 22524 CAN MAXI COSI CORAL XP BASE 
  • 22526 CAN MAXI COSI MICO XP BASE

For other car seats sold outside of the United States, Dorel claims they are working with local distributors in order to ensure those customers will receive notice of the recall and how to proceed if their car seats have been affected by the faulty anchors. 

Could Replacement Car Seats Soon Be on the Way?

According to their website, those customers who are eligible to register their faulty car seats for the recall have been told it is safe to use their car seats. The car seats are safe to use as long as you have the base of the car seat installed and are using the vehicle belt or if you are only using the carrier shell installation with the vehicle belt. Dorel also highly recommends that their customers follow examples read in the existing instruction manual and labels for added instructions on how to use the car seat properly. The company claims they have plans to issue replacement bases to those customers who have purchased the faulty car seats and will be contacting their customers via mail or email by April 7th, 2023, as stated on their website notice.

In order for customers of the faulty car seats to submit a claim, they can contact Dorel customer service via phone at 1-877-657-9546 or email at RetractableLatchRecall@djgusa.com. Customers may also register their car seats on Maxi-Cosi or Safety 1st registration sites. Customers can also contact the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 as well as visit their administration's website to submit a claim on their car seats. 

If you believe you or a loved one has purchased a recalled Dorel car seat, we want to help you. For more information regarding this recall or if you have questions about submitting a claim, you can contact our attorneys today for help. To contact one of our attorneys, please complete our free, no-obligation case evaluation form. See why millions trust Morgan & Morgan.