Has your child’s car seat been recalled? Know for sure
By Kristy Bleizeffer Sep 11, 2015
In 2014, more than six million car seats were recalled for a safety defect – the largest car seat recall in U.S. history. Fewer than half of those car seats received the necessary repair, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This week, Safe Kids Worldwide released a study, Car Seat Recalls: What Every Parent Needs to Know, to understand why so few families register their car seats. This study reveals that only 42 percent of parents said they filled out and returned the registration card. This means that six out of 10 parents risk not hearing about a car seat recall in the most timely and dependable manner – directly from the manufacturer. Instead they must rely on news reports, social media or word of mouth to find out if their car seat has been recalled.
Fixes for recalled car seats can be as simple as replacing a free part provided by the manufacturer. No matter how simple the fix, families need to know about the recall before they can do anything.
Find out if your car seat is recalled by going to NHTSA’s website and entering your seat’s brand name and model.
Register your car seat
- Option 1: Register online with your car seat manufacturer or safercar.gov/parents. You’ll need the model number and date of manufacture found on the label on your car seat.
- Option 2: Fill out and mail in the registration card that came with your car seat. It already includes your car seat’s information. No postage is required.
Check your car seat
- What: Safe Kids of Central Wyoming will host a car seat inspection station. During this event Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will show parents and caregivers how to correctly use, install and register their car seats.
- Cost: Free
- When:10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19
- Where: White’s Mountain Motors, 2400 E. Yellowstone Highway in Casper
Anna Edwards is the grant coordinator for the Safe Communities program at Wyoming Medical Center. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. She is the mother of a very active toddler. When she’s not running after her daughter, Anna spends her time reading, gardening and managing her growing obsession with yarn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 577-7904.