Just a little more than a month after recalling over 200,000 play yards, Dorel is recalling 22,850 Maxi-Cosi car seats. There is a problem with the connection between the infant seat and the base. In an accident the base can fail causing injury. The seats were manufactured between 18 February 2008 and 28 June 2008. Seats produced after the June date are safe because they have a newly designed spring.

The company will be contacting registered owners.(Of course infant seats are designed to be used for a baby’s first year of life. So contacting registered owners may not be of much help.) Since they redesigned the spring in 2008, they knew there was a problem but are just issuing the recall. WTF? And if you are buying a new car seat beware, lurking somewhere out there are 200 of the defective car seats.

Until you get the part needing repair, you can make sure that your baby is latched safely into the base by pulling up on the seat.

Dorel issued the following statement:

Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has announced an extension of a voluntary recall of certain models (of the Maxi-Cosi® Mico™ Infant Child Restraint System Base. This voluntary recall is in response to Dorel Juvenile Group’s identification of a small number of units where the car seat will latch into the base, but may not fully lock. No injuries have been reported.

As indicated in the instructions, pulling on the seat to check for appropriate installation, will normally allow the seat to fall into place. This notice potentially affects 22,850 units. Less than 200 remain on retailers’ shelves. Models produced after June 28, 2008 have the redesigned base with the new spring.

The Maxi-Cosi Infant Child Restraint Systems affected include:

• Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Child Restraint System, Models 22-371 and 22-372
• Maxi-Cosi Infant Child Restraint System, Base Only Model 22-515

Dorel Juvenile Group will contact all registered owners and provide them with information on how to obtain a fix kit for the base. Consumers may visit http://safetynotice.djgusa.com/mico/ to see if their Mico infant car seat is affected by this recall. Until consumers receive the fix kit they can continue to use their current car seat and ensure a secure connection by pulling up on the carrier to confirm it is engaged with the base. Consumers who have not registered their car seat should visit the DJG website at http://www.djgusa.com/usa/eng/Safety-Notices to verify if their model is included in this recall. The affected seats should not be returned to the retailer. Consumers with further questions may e-mail the company at consumer@djgusa.com or call our toll-free number, 1 (877) 657-9546, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

As a leading provider of car seats and other juvenile products, Dorel Juvenile Group is committed to manufacturing products with the highest quality and reliability standards for its users. Our first priority is making products that help keep children secure. To this end, we are dedicated to providing products upon which parents and caregivers can rely. Dorel Juvenile Group urges placing your child in an age/weight/height-appropriate car seat to enhance your child’s safety while riding in a motor vehicle.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience that this voluntary safety recall may cause. Thank you for your cooperation.

This is a voluntary recall and there seem to be no reports of deaths. So if you are looking into a Mico, it may still be a decent option. It is the car seat recommended for a lot of strollers, and it gets a lot of good reviews.
Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat