The car seat bases have a defect that could prevent the base from being tightly secured to the seat when the lower latch attachments are used to install the car seat. The webbing used to tighten the base to the vehicle seat can slip through the adjustment lock. If the webbing were to slip during a vehicle crash, the base could move, possibly increasing the risk of injury.
The recall includes 18,000 car seat bases used in Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 rear-facing car seat systems and Cortina Travel car seats. The bases have serial numbers between 08 02 26 (corresponding to February 26, 2008) and 08 03 17 (corresponding to March 17, 2008). The serial number can be found on the third line of a white label attached to the base.
Mass merchandisers and online for $149-$169 (for car seats) and for $279-$299 (for travel systems).
What To Do:
Chicco will notify all registered car seat owners and provide a free replacement base. If you have not registered your car seat, you can contact the company at (800) 807-8817 or through their Web site at www.chiccousa.com. To ensure that all recalled car seats are no longer being used, the company requests that you cut the lower latch connectors from the base and return them to Chicco in a prepaid envelope. The company will then send you the replacement base.
You can continue to use the old base with your car's safety belts instead of the latch connectors until you receive the replacement base.
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