An issue with belt installation could increase the risk of head injury during a crash.

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Dorel Juvenile Group (Dorel) announced a recall of certain Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 and Pria 85 convertible car seats. When the seats are secured to the car with only the lap belt (without also using the top tether) in a forward-facing position, children have an increased risk of head injury during a crash.

Because of this, the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible car seats don't conform to requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, called "Child Restraint Systems," according to a notice by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

No injuries have been reported. The specific car seats included in the recall are:

  • 2019-2021 Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 convertible car seats designed for children between 9 to 70 pounds
  • Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and Pria 85 Max convertible car seats for children between 14 to 85 pounds

Parents can still use the recalled seats for children up to 65 pounds and 49 inches tall, in both the forward-facing and rear-facing modes, "according to all labeled installation methods," says the official recall notice. "Once your child reaches the 65 or 49 inches maximum rating you may dispose of or recycle like any car seat you are finished with."

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat
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Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. worked with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a remedy. According to the press release, "Labels and manuals adjusting the weight and height rating of the Pria 85, Pria 85 Max and Pria 70 to 65 pounds or 49 inches will be sent automatically to all registered consumers or to others who contact us within the scope." Also, if consumers want to use the car seat above 65 pounds or 49 inches, they can get a free Maxi-Cosi RodiSport Booster.

For any questions, call Dorel customer service at 877-657-9546 or email Pria85recall@djgusa.com. You can also contact Maxi-Cosi customer service via their website: https://consumercare.maxicosi.com/s/contactsupport

Maxi-Cosi also recommends consumers to register their car seat here. "If your car seat was manufactured within the scope of this recall, you will receive a recall notification letter from us, and it will instruct you on the next steps," says their press release.