Diono Recalls 500,000 Child Car Seats
Diono Is Recalling Over 500,000 Car Seats
Childcare company Diono has announced that they are recalling more than 500,000 car seats after concerns that they may not adequately protect children in a crash.
The recall covers the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica and Rainier convertible and booster seats. They were made from as early as January of 2014 to September of this year by Diono, which used to be called Sunshine Kids Juvenile.
Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that when the seats are secured using a lap belt without the top tether, children over 65 pounds have an increased risk of chest injury in a crash.
Diono, based in Sumner, Washington, says it has no reports of injuries and that few children who weigh more than 65 pounds will harnessed into the seats. The problem was discovered in company testing.
The company will send owners a kit with an energy absorbing pad and a new chest clip at no cost. The recall is expected to start Nov. 22. Customers with questions can call Diono at (855) 463-4666.
To ensure that your child is using the car seat safest for them Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends taking the following precautions:
- Buy a car seat that is age and size appropriate. Resist the urge to deviate from this so you can better see your child or other reasons.
- Make sure that when installing a car seat the LATCH straps or seatbelt straps are not twisted.
- A properly installed car seat should not move more than one inch from side to side and front to back.
- Read the car seat instruction manual as well as the vehicle owner manual for proper installation instructions.
- Be sure to check the return policy on your seats or you could be stuck with something that doesn't even fit into your car.
- Delaying the change to front-facing seats as late as possible drastically improves passenger safety. So before you make the switch from rear to front, make sure your child truly has outgrown his or her car seat.
With additional reporting by the Associated Press.
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