FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Mill, SC March 3, 2008 – Combi USA, Inc. (Combi) is announcing a voluntary safety recall of the Centre, Centre ARB, and Shuttle Rear Facing Infant Restraints. The Centre and Shuttle were manufactured from October 19, 2005 to December 15, 2007. No other models are affected by this recall. Combi USA, Inc., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada conducted numerous in-vehicle laboratory tests to analyze the overall effectiveness of the Centre and Shuttle in motor vehicle frontal crashes. In some cases these tests exceeded the requirements of the current US standard. The test data revealed that the seat of the restraint could potentially separate from its base, when tested under these conditions.
All Centre and Shuttle restraints have consistently met existing government safety standards. While Combi has not received any owner reports of these seats separating from the base in real-world crashes, Combi is initiating this voluntary safety recall to address the potential for seat separation as demonstrated in testing of the seat in motor vehicles. Combi will conduct a voluntary recall campaign with the intent of providing car seats with enhanced protection under these in-vehicle test conditions.
Number of Units Affected: approximately 67,000 Date Produced: October 19, 2005 to December 15, 2007
Model numbers affected are: 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520 and associated Travel systems containing the Centre and Shuttle (Model #4400, 4515, 4520)
The model number and date of manufacture may be found on a sticker located on the underside of the car seat.
Combi will mail all registered owners a notification letter describing how to obtain a free retrofit kit. Those consumers who have not registered their product should immediately visit our website at www.combi-intl.com or call Combi Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-543-7734 Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to place an order for your free retrofit kit. You will not incur any shipping costs and your order will arrive within 6-8 weeks. Until you receive and install your retrofit kit, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base. Please refer to your instruction manual for proper installation without the base. These seats are designed for and safe to use without the base. There is no need to return the affected seats to the retailer.
Our first priority at Combi is to provide the highest level of safety and quality to the children we protect. We are taking this action in the interest of children who use our products and to ensure the public’s trust in our products.
Source: Combi USA, Inc.