A child safety seat recall has been announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you have a Kiddy World Plus child seat for your child, be sure to read the information below regarding a recall of Kiddy forward-facing child safety seats:
Report Receipt Date: APR 29, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16C005000
Component(s): CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,429
Product Associated with this Recall: KIDDY WORLD PLUS – Production Dates: 07/02/2012 – 10/05/2013
Manufacturer: Kiddy USA
SUMMARY: Kiddy USA (Kiddy) is recalling certain World Plus combination forward-facing child restraints that convert to a high back booster seat (Model 51 100 WP) manufactured from July 2, 2012 through October 5, 2013. The buckle/tongue on the affected booster seats may only partially engage. As a result, the consumer may have a false impression that the buckle is fully latched when it is not. As such, these seats fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
CONSEQUENCE: A partially engaged buckle will not adequately restrain the child in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY: The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Kiddy customer service at 1-855-92KIDDY (1-855-925-4339).
NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov.
ARCCA is a recognized leader in child occupant crash protection and has consulted with NHTSA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, National Safe Kids, and the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. ARCCA’s research in this field has resulted in the publication of numerous papers on the topic of child occupant crash protection. ARCCA has provided expert consultation on many cases involving infant, convertible, combination, and booster child safety seats as well. Issues addressed have included structural failures, side wings, energy-absorbing padding, tethers, shields, seat ramps, seat bottom compressibility, warnings and instructions.