It is very important to pay attention to recall notices and for parents to check if their seats are safe to use or if they need to be repaired or replaced. Recalls can be issued for any failure to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 established and enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many recalls are issued are due to reasons related to the crashworthiness of the child restraint, but some recalls are for deviations from the standards relating to labeling requirements, flammability of the upholstery or padding, or for parts that may come loose and pose a choking hazard.
Child restraints (CRs) are required to have a label indicating the manufacturer, model information, and date of manufacture. If the label is missing on a child restraint, the manufacturer should be contacted to see if the CR can be identified through other information. CRs should not be used if the model name, number, and date of manufacture cannot be determined.
A current list containing recall information may be viewed here.