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Evenflo Car Seats Recalled

Almost 14,000 Evenflo car seats have been voluntarily recalled by the company as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Maestro booster seats manufactured by the company were recalled due to the results front impact crash testing performed by Consumer Reports. In some cases a crack caused the seat to break and in others the harness loosened enough to hypothetically allow a child to slide forward during a crash occurring at 30 mph although no injuries have been reported. Recalled seats begin with model numbers 310 and were manufactured during November 2009 to April 2010. The model number can be found behind the shoulder strap. The company is not offering a refund but is issuing a free repair kit to fix the faulty reinforcement bracket to anyone who calls 1-800-233-5921 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Children under 40 pounds should not be placed in the seats before they are repaired. Evenflo had previously voluntarily recalled one million seats in 2008 for a separate problem related to crash testing. Overall, Evenflo has issued more recalls for its various products in the last two years than any other US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) rated manufacturer, totaling over 2 million products. Evenflo has said in statements that they prefer the phrase safety upgrades as opposed to voluntary recall, if thats any comfort to parents and children affected by the recall.