The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc, announced a recall Friday of the Evenflo Embrace™ Infant Car Seat/Carriers. The recall affects about 450,000 infant car seats.
The manufacturer of the defective car seats is Evenflo Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio
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 to the ground and suffer serious injuries. There have been 679 reports of the handle on the car seat unexpectedly releasing. This defect has caused 160 injuries to children. These injuries include a skull fracture, concussions and lacerations.
The recall involves Evenflo Embrace™ Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006. The recalled car seat/carriers have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 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. Embrace™ infant car seat/carriers made on or after April 8, 2006 are not included in this recall. Hopefully the recall will prevent future injuries to children as a result of the product defect. If you believe that your child has been injured by the defective car seat, make sure that you keep the defective car seat. It is vital evidence to prove that the car seat was indeed defective and the defect was a substantial contributing factor in causing your child’s injuires. Contact one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers should you have any questions relating to this defective child car seat.