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Recaro Recalls 173,000 Child Car Seats Due To Top Tether Anchorage Failure

RECARO Child Safety, LLC announced today a voluntary product recall for the ProRIDE and Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seats. During product evaluation testing with NHTSA(National Highway Transportation Safety Administration), it was discovered that a small section of some ProRIDE and Performance RIDE shells may crack or detach from the main shell during a crash. The recall affects 173,063 ProRIDE and Performance RIDE units all manufactured before June 9th, 2015.

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The shell cracking may occur when the child restraint is installed forward – facing, has the top tether strap attached and is being used with a child who weighs more than 52lbs.

While no injuries or serious problems have been reported, these restraints fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213, “Child Restraint Systems”.

The noncompliance is in reference to a section of the standard that does not allow any part of the car seat to unintentionally break off or disconnect during testing, which could allow the occupant to contact the interior of the vehicle.

“We take great pride in providing the best possible products and service to our consumers and their children, focusing on safety and protection,” said John Riedl, President of RECARO Child Safety.” That’s why even though there have been no reported incidents in the field, we are acting quickly and will continue to work under NHTSA’s guidance to correct this issue.”

ProRIDE child restraints, model number 332.01 in all colors (AK21, KAEC, KAEG, KK91, MC11, MJ15, QA56, QA9N, QQ11, QQ14, and QQ95), manufactured from April 9, 2010, through June 9, 2015, and Performance RIDE child restraints, model number 333.01 in all colors (CHIL, HABB, HAZE, JEBB, JETT, KNGT, MABB, MARI, MNGT, PLUM, PLBB, REBB, SLBB, REDD, ROBB, ROSE, SABB, SAPH, SLTE, VIBB, VIBE), manufactured from January 15, 2013, through June 9, 2015.

Recaro will notify and send all registered owners a length of webbing with loops on both ends and instructions to further secure the child restraints. The retrofit kit will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2015. Owners may contact Recaro customer service at 1-866-628-4750 or by email at recarorecall@m-s-s.com.

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