One million Evenflo car seats recalled

Evenflo Discovery child safety seats could fail to protect children from side-impacts.

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The affected Evenflo Discovery child safety seat can potentially separate from its quick-release base when a vehicle suffers a side-impact.

NEW YORK ( -- About one million child safety seats made by Evenflo are being recalled because they could fail to protect children from vehicle side-impacts.

Seats affected by the recall are Evenflo Discovery child safety seat models 390, 391, 534 and 552 made between April 2005 and January 29, 2008. The serial number and date of manufacture can be found on a white label on the underside of the safety seat.

Tests by Evenflo and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the safety seats can potentially separate from that base during an accident. Each product has a separate base that connects to the vehicle's seat, allowing the safety seat to be removed from the vehicle without removing the base.

Owners of the affected Discovery safety seats are urged to immediately contact Evenflo and receive a free dual-hook fastener that will secure the seat to its base. Parents should continue using the safety seats while waiting for their fasteners to arrive, said NHTSA.

NHTSA urged parents affected by the recall to contact Evenflo at 1-800-356-2229 between the hours of 8am and 5pm EST, or visit the Evenflo web site:

NHTSA also recommended that owners register their seat with Evenflo to receive any future safety notices.

Consumer Reports issued a negative report on the Evenflo Discovery car seat in January, 2007, given it a poor rating and requesting recall. However, the report and the recall request were both retracted just 14 days later when errors were uncovered in the magazine's tests. To top of page

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