Health Canada

Health Canada

September 22, 2011 13:26 ET

Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts Pose Risk of Serious Injury to Infants

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2011) - Health Canada is warning Canadians about the dangers of Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts, urging consumers not to buy the product. If the product has been purchased, consumers are urged to immediately stop using the product and dispose of it.

Based on marketplace investigations, the Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts are not believed to be available in retail stores in Canada, but can be purchased online through DinoDirect.com, an online shopping site.

The Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts do not contain Transport Canada's National Safety Mark and therefore have not been certified to meet the safety requirements of the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations (RSSR). Under Canada's Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), Health Canada prohibits or restricts the advertising, sale and importation of hazardous products in Canada.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada has contacted DinoDirect.com and requested an immediate stop sale and distribution of the item. Health Canada has not received a response from the company. Health Canada is also working with the Canada Border Services Agency to prevent importation of these products.

Background:

Health Canada's mandate is to protect the health and safety of the Canadian public. Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Directorate is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its Regulations. The Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belt is a restraint system to which the Restraint Systems and Booster Seats for Motor Vehicles Regulations apply and must therefore meet Transport Canada's RSSR. Any person who imports, advertises or sells a restraint system that fails to comply with the Regulation may be subject to enforcement action, including prosecution.

Products recalled/affected:

Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts : http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/BabyCarSeat.pdf

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

Related Health Canada Web content:

- Canada Consumer Product Safety Act website: www.health.gc.ca/ccpsa

- Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations (RSSR) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/SOR-2010-90.pdf)

- Choosing a Car Seat (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/init/kids-enfants/road-routiere/car-re-vehic/choose-choisir/index-eng.php)

- Car Restraints (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/init/kids-enfants/road-routiere/car-re-vehic/index-eng.php)

Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and product recalls using these social media tools: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/sm-ms/index-eng.php

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983

    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709