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18,000 Evenflo Booster Seats Recalled

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Evenflo Co. Inc. has recalled over 18,000 Maestro Combination Booster Seats due to their potential to crack and fail in 30 mph front-end collisions. The company noticed the defect during a simulation at a test facility in September.

ConsumerReports.org claimed that its tests show the seat can crack and fail in a simulated 30-mph frontal crash. To read the Consumer Reports article, visit: blogs.consumerreports.org/baby/2010/10/evenflo-maestro-combination-booster-car-seat-recall-fail-consumer-reports-crash-test.html

Although no injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, the company is recalling 13,792 of its seats with model numbers beginning with "310," built between November 23, 2009, and April 9, 2010. Additionally, the company is recalling 4,479 Canadian units that were manufactured between December 17, 2010, and April 26, 2010. All remaining units will be pulled from retailer shelves and all previous owners will be notified by mail of the recall.

The company has made available a free repair bracket that should be used with any child under 40 lbs. Children weighing over 40 lbs can continue to use the seat as a "belt-positioning booster until a remedy kit arrives." To obtain a free repair bracket, consumers should call 1-800-233-5921. Evenflo Co. Inc. is urging customers not to return the booster seats to the retail stores they were purchased from.

For more information on consumer product recalls, visit: www.cpsc.gov