Fast on the heels of two of the biggest car seat recalls in recent years, yet another car seat maker issued a recall on Monday.
Baby Trend, Inc. recalled its TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, models FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean), manufactured between October 2011 and July 2013. The product was recalled because of its “difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle,” according to the NHTSA. The recall reported that buckles get stuck in the latched condition, preventing the user from opening the buckle's release button.
The recall, affecting 16,655 car seats, was first reported on April 1.
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According to the maker, the glitch increases “the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required.”
Baby Trend said it will notify registered owners and provide replacement buckles.
Concerned owners can call Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363 or visit its website at www.babytrend.com. Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
The recall follows two other major child car seat recalls, from Graco and Evenflo, which affected nearly five million child car seats worldwide.
In February, Graco announced a recall of more than three million of car seats including toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats due to a harness/buckle defect.
More recently, just last week, Evenflo announced a similar recall involving harnesses and buckles on more than 1.3 million of its seats.