Maxi-Cosi car seat recalls – what parents need to know

Do you have a Maxi-Cosi infant car seat? A voluntary recall of 6000 Maxi-Cosi Euro Convertible Car Seat A2 models has been announced for tomorrow, after 5000 A4 models were removed from sale last week. Here’s what you need to know about the recalls, and what to do if you have one of the affected models.

Car seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Australia has issued a voluntary Product Safety Recall, effective 26 June, 2015, although the company says it has been unable to replicate the fault in the Euro A2 model without purposely misusing it.

What is the risk?

  • In some instances, the fabric around the harness adjuster mechanism, may get caught in the mechanism.
  • This can allow the shoulder harness to loosen, without lifting the harness adjuster.
  • This could cause the child restraint to no longer be effective in the event of a crash or sudden braking.

Which seats are impacted?

  • Only Maxi-Cosi Euro Convertible car seats manufactured from September 2014 – February 2015 are included in the recall.

What is the solution?

  • The provision of a replacement cover with a larger opening around the harness adjuster, by contacting Dorel Juvenile Australia.
  • In the meantime Dorel is advising that users ensure that the harness adjuster is free of any impediments, when fitting a child to the restraint – as demonstrated in this video.

How do I know if my model is affected?

  • The recall is for Euro A2 models manufactured 16 September 2014 to 12 March 2015.

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Are the models still for sale?

  • The Euro A2 model with two height markers was phased out in March 2015,  but some retailers may still have stock for sale. A replacement cover with a larger opening around the harness adjuster will be used to rectify those car seats.

What is the issue with the A4 model?

An administrative oversight by the company meant that the seat was released to stores before final certification was granted. Last week, retailers were advised to remove the A4 product from sale. Consumers who purchased one of the A4 car seats will be offered a replacement Maxi-Cosi convertible car seat.

Dorel Juvenile Australia Head of Marketing, Sharyn Perry outlined:

  • All dynamic testing is complete, and documentation for the A4 car seat with three height markers passed crash lab testing. There can be a lag between passing dynamic testing, documentation sign off and receiving the official certification certificate.
  • This is an isolated incident. This affects some 5000 seats out of more than a quarter million seats sold annually by Dorel Juvenile Australia. We expect to certify the A4 car seat in due course.
  • The A4 is a replacement for the A2 car seat. Both car seats have the same platform and the same hardware. The only difference with the new A4 model is the third height marker denoting 30 months rear facing capability for the child. The A2 has been certified twice previously by SAI Global. All testing requirements for the Euro A4 have been completed and have been submitted for a period of eight months. The A2 and the A4 car seats are safe and comply with Australia standards.

Ms Perry adds, “We are working around the clock to resolve the issue and deeply regret the anxiety customers may be feeling.”

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