Due to the excessive force applied to a child's chest by the seatbelt in the case of a crash, 148,165 units have been recalled.
Child product manufacturer Harmony Juvenile Products has issued a mass recall of all Harmony Big Boost Deluxe booster seats—the statement claims that 148,165 units have been affected.
The recall states, “In the event of a crash, the seat belt may cause excessive force to be applied to the restrained child's chest. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, ‘Child Restraint Systems.’”
148,165 Harmony Big Boost Deluxe booster seats recalled for increased risk of injury due to excessive chest force. https://t.co/7c7DOt3PW8
— NHTSA (@NHTSAgov) May 3, 2018
Despite the recall, Harmony advertises their products as, “[not] only compliant with vehicle safety standards, they exceed them. Our car seats have been market-tested to International European and Australian standards—which are some of the most stringent in the world—and have, as a result, received awards for being exceptionally safe, comfortable, and easy-to-use.”
The site even claims the booster seat is “award-winning” and “exceeds US FMVSS 213 standards.” It is very clear that this was a case of false advertising.
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There is no remedy for this recall as of yet, but all impacted costumers can contact Harmony customer service at 1-877-306-1001 as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.