TRANSPORT CANADA

TRANSPORT CANADA

December 18, 2009 19:49 ET

Consumer Notice Regarding Infant Car Seats

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - Transport Canada advises consumers of a potential safety hazard pertaining to Designer 22-model infant car seats.

Dorel Distribution Canada is reporting a potential for the carrying handle to separate from the infant carrier. The bolts that hold the handle in place may loosen, causing the handle to fully or partially separate from the carrier. There is a potential for the infant to fall out of the carrier if unharnessed while being transported outside a vehicle.

The manufacturer is offering, free of charge, a fix kit consisting of instructions, bolts and a tool required to remove the old bolts and insert the new bolts.

Although handle separation does not affect the safety performance of the infant car seat in a vehicle, consumers must ensure that the harness system is snugly adjusted when carrying the restraint outside the vehicle, to prevent the infant from falling out of the seat. Until a fix kit is received and the necessary changes are made, the company recommends that the carrier be transported by holding both the head and foot of the carrier.

There have been no injuries reported in Canada and Transport Canada has received no complaints. Dorel Distribution Canada reports that there has been a recall of the car seats in the United States as a result of eight complaints of handle separation, two complaints of the bolts loosening and one report of an injury. Due to the recall in the United States, Dorel Distribution Canada has offered to perform the same action in Canada.

Our government is taking real action to keep our children safe, and we have taken real action to ensure that child seats in Canada are as safe as possible. We are currently working with stakeholders and experts in order to strengthen existing regulations that were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 10, 2009.

Consumers may call Dorel Distribution Canada at 1-866-762-3318 to request a fix kit. If consumers have registered their infant car seat with the company, they will be sent a fix kit. Consumers may also visit Dorel Distribution Canada's website at www.djgusa.com to verify if their unit is involved in this notice. For a list of models and model numbers affected, please visit www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-notices-2009p03-menu-1023.htm.

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at www.tc.gc.ca/ e-news and keep up to date on the latest from Transport Canada.

This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    613-993-0055