The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced recalls of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled product unless otherwise instructed.
Product: Evenflo Embrace infant car seat/carriers
Units: About 450,000
Manufacturer: Evenflo Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio
Hazard: When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.
Incidents/injuries: Evenflo has received 679 reports of handles unexpectedly releasing, resulting in 160 injuries to children. Injuries include a skull fracture, concussions, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Description: Evenflo Em brace Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006, are involved. Car seat/carriers have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. Models beginning with “5” were sold with the travel system (compatible stroller).
Sold at: Department and juvenile products stores nationwide from December 2004 through September 2006 for $70 to $100 when sold alone and $140 to $200 when sold with a compatible stroller.
Remedy: Stop using the handle until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when secured in a vehicle. Contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit that strengthens the handle latch.
Contact: Call 800-490-7497 or visit www.embracehandle.com.