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May 10, 2007
Car Seats
Evenflo Company
The Danger:
When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall out and suffer injuries.
This recall includes about 450,000 infant car seats/carriers made before April 8, 2006. The recalled car seat/carriers begin with the following model numbers:
  • 317
  • 320
  • 397
  • 398
  • 540
  • 548
  • 549
  • 550
  • 556
  • 597
  • 598
  • 599
The model number and production date information can be found on a white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the convenience base. Models beginning with "5" are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller). "Evenflo" is on the carrying handle and car seat base.
Sold At:
Department and juvenile products stores nationwide sold the car seat/carriers from December 2004 through September 2006 for between $70 and $100 when sold alone and between $140 and $200 when sold with a compatible stroller.
What To Do:
Do not use the handle until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when secured in a vehicle. Contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7497 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.embracehandle.com to receive a free repair kit that strengthens the handle latch.
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