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NHTSA Orders Child Safety Seat Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) has recalled almost 800,000 child safety seats due to the harness lock/release button sticking and failing to return to the locked position.

A harness that fails to fasten can result in an unfastened child-a huge risk of injury if an automobile accident was to occur.

The only types of seats affected are ones that come equipped with an adapter in the front to adjust the harness.

The affected seats include car seats and booster seats that were sold both stand-alone and with a stroller combination.

The Dorel Juvenile Group intends to provide customers with a kit in order to remedy the seat problems. The kit is essentially a food-grade lubricant that can be applied. Since the lubricant is food grade, it is entirely safe for use around small children. The kit will include instructions on how to fix the sticking button issue.

Parenting can still operate the seats, though it's recommended that they take extra care to make sure their child's safety or booster seat is safe and secure by making sure the center front adjuster is in the locked position. It is also recommended parents give the harness straps a tug to ensure that they do not loosen.

The formal investigations into these child safety seats began in March 2010. Consumers are advised to visit the NHTSA's Website for more information about this recall.

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