Car seat manufacturers or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issue recalls when they identify a car seat does not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. A car seat recall can be initiated for concerns of crashworthiness, or may be related to labeling requirements, flammability of the padding, or for parts that may come loose and pose a choking hazard. Regardless of the reason, all recalls should be corrected to provide the best protection for the child.
Register car seats to ensure you will be notified about recalls. First, find the name of the manufacturer, car seat model number, and the date of manufacture labels affixed to the car seat. These are required car seat labels, and the information on these labels will be needed to complete the car seat registration. If the car seat is missing these labels, it should not be used. Car seats can be registered:
- Online at the car seat manufacturer’s website, using the model number and manufacture date found on a sticker on the car seat.
- By filling out the registration card that came with the car seat. The registration card has the car seat’s model number and manufacture date. Mail the card; no postage required.
- Online at www.safercar.gov/parents. Select “Car Seat and Booster Seats” and then select “Registration” on the navigation bar. Complete the online form and submit.
Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to check if a car seat has been recalled. The list is organized by car seat manufacturer and model, and a date range for the recalled car seat. The listing will include information on why the car seat is being recalled and guidance on steps to be taken to remedy the identified issue.