Many cars receive recalls every year, either because mechanical faults have been detected in certain models and in certain units or because correctable manufacturing errors have been found. This is a responsibility assumed by vehicle manufacturers. This same commitment is carried out in the United States, where you just have to register your child restraint system to receive a notification if the car seat has a recall due to a possible fault.
This is an initiative promoted by NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the Transport Department in the United States). Aware that one of the most important objectives is to ensure the safety of children on the highway, a register was created where parents can check whether a child restraint system meets the required safety standards according to federal safety regulations and whether that car seat has been recalled.
Thanks to this car seat registry (parents must register their child restraint systems after purchasing them), manufacturers can contact consumers to notify them if they have been withdrawn or have safety problems. To register the car seat, consumers just have to fill out a form on their website and email it to the address on the portal./p>
All this information is available at Safercar.gov, one of the NHTSA website focused on the safety of cars, car seat and vehicles in general. And despite the numerous tests they are subjected to, it's possible that a batch of car seats was incorrectly manufactured or a subsequent serious error has arisen that could compromise the safety of small children. This way, the manufacturer can contact its consumers to resolve the problem.
In addition to the aforementioned form that's available on the website, all child safety seats in the United States manufactured since March 1993 have a registration form so that owners can send manufacturers their names and addresses. If there is a safety recall, the manufacturer has another method of contact.
There was a recent recall in January for Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite models, specifically those manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. In this case it was indicated that the attachment could crack and break, allowing the car seat to fall unexpectedly.
We must bear in mind that in the United States, manufacturers are obliged to notify owners of possible faults in child restraint systems. This notification can even be in an email.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE A NOTIFICATION
NHTSA would like to remind you that if you receive a notification, check the model and its date of manufacture. This way you can check whether your child restraint system has been affected.
They advise to then call the manufacturer or visit their website to obtain all the available information. If your child restraint system has been affected by the recall, NHTSA asks you to call 888-327-4236 toll-free.
This car seat must not be used until it has been fixed. If you don't have another child restraint system, the United States Transport Department points out that it's more important to keep using the car seat than not using it. That's why they advise using the child restraint system with precaution until it has been repaired.
According to data from Safekids, in 2014 more than 6 million car seats received a safety recall due to a defect and less then half of them were fixed. The same organization highlights the importance of registering the car seat to receive the corresponding notification.