Diono Recalls 500,000 Car Seats Because of Safety Concern

Car seat manufacturer Diono is recalling 519,000 car seats produced from 2013 onward, saying the seats may not protect children properly in a crash.Documents posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that the defects were discovered during production testing, and there have been no reports of injuries or deaths...
Diono car seat recall

Car seat manufacturer Diono is recalling 519,000 car seats produced from 2013 onward, saying the seats may not protect children properly in a crash.

Documents posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that the defects were discovered during production testing, and there have been no reports of injuries or deaths associated with the flaws.

What's Being Recalled?

The recall impacts Radian, Rainier, Olympia and Pacifica convertible and booster seats.

The specific models are:

  • Radian R100, manufactured Jan. 3, 2014 - Sept. 5, 2017
  • Radian R120, manufactured Jan. 3, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2017
  • Radian RXT, manufactured Nov. 25, 2013 - Sept. 5, 2017
  • Olympia, manufactured April 12, 2014 - March 31, 2015
  • Pacifica, manufactured April 12, 2014 - May 13, 2016
  • Rainier, manufactured April 12, 2014 - Sept. 5, 2017

Why Are the Car Seats Being Recalled?

Beginning in June of this year, Diono quality assurance tests began returning worrisome results. Ultimately, the manufacturer determined that car seats installed with a lap belt but no top tether could leave kids at increased risk of chest injury. The tests found that kids weighing more than 65 pounds could also be at increased risk of slamming into a car's interior in the case of a crash.

What Will Diono Do?

Diono plans to formally announce the recall in late November. Owners will be offered a new chest clip, as well as a new energy-absorbing seat pad intended for children under 65 pounds using seats installed with only the lap belt. Seat owners with children weighing more than 65 pounds will be instructed to use the seats only in "belt positioning booster mode" or with a top tether.

Future seats will incorporate the changes, and the company will begin listing 65 pounds as the maximum harnessed weight for the seats.

What Can I Do?

If you have questions, call Diono at 855-463-4666. Note that the company hasn't yet manufactured the necessary replacement parts, and it won't officially announce the recall until it does so.

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Source: www.whattoexpect.com