Diono is recalling 519,000 car seats after company testing revealed they may not protect bigger kids in an accident. According to a report by the U.S. National Highway and Transportation and Safey Administration, kids weighing over 65 pounds could be at risk of chest injury if the seat is facing forward and secured using a lap belt without the top tether. The Washington-based company was quick to point out, however, that the seat is fully compliant if the top tether is attached or the seat is secured using a lap and shoulder safety belt or Super LATCH system.
Incidentally, the recall comes on the heels of a report released by Kids Safe Worldwide that found 64 percent of parents were still failing to properly secure their forward-facing car seats with the top tether. It’s also the third major recall in the kid/baby space since May, when Graco was forced to flag 25,000 My Ride 65 convertible seats due to faulty harness webbing. Last week, Playtex issued a recall for 5.5 million plastic plates and bowls due to a potential choking hazard.
This week’s notice affects six models of Diono (formerly Sunshine Kids Juvenile) seats, including the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier. All were sold between November 25, 2013, and September 5, 2017, and no injuries have been reported to date.
Starting November 22, Diono will reportedly contact all owners who registered their car seats and send out a free remedy kit that includes an energy absorbing pad, updated instruction manual, and a new chest clip. Parents who own one of the listed models but didn’t register can contact the company at 1-855-215-4951.
For a list of all the other baby and children’s products recalled last month, click here.