The Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 794,247 carseats in the U.S. and Canada because the harness can remain loose after adjustment. These seats have a center front adjuster, which we call a front adjuster strap around here. The problem occurs when the front strap is pulled and the adjuster button/lever doesn’t return to the locked position.

Carseats affected were manufactured from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009, and include infant, convertible, and combination seats (harnessed seats that convert to booster seats). Infant seats were sold as individual units or in combination with strollers as a travel system.

The model names potentially affected by this recall include, but are not limited to: Bertini B5, SureFit, onBoard, Designer 22, Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Alpha Luxe Echelon 3-in-1, Eddie Bauer 3-in-1, Eddie Bauer infant, Eddie Bauer combination, Avenue, Uptown, Vantage, Vantage Point, Prospect, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Maxi-Cosi Priori.     

As a remedy, Dorel will be providing registered consumers a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant and instructions on where to apply the lube. If you own one of the affected seats, you may continue using it; just make sure that the harness remains tight after adjustment and the adjuster lever is in the locked position by pressing on it. If the harness loosens, your child could be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

For more information, contact Dorel at 1-866-623-3139 or via email at harnessadjustment@djgusa.com. You may read more about the recall at the NHTSA website or at safercar.gov. Canadians can read about the recall on the Transport Canada website.

Complete list of models affected (thanks to crunchierthanthou for researching model names!):

22-077 = SureFit infant seat
22-078 = onBoard infant seat
22-148 = AOE convertible
22-149 = AOE convertible
22-150 = AO/3 in 1 convertible
22-152 = AO/3 in 1 convertible
22-154 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-155 = AOE convertible
22-158 = AOE convertible
22-159 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-172 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-177 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb convertible
22-178 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb convertible
22-185 = Alpha Omega 3-in-1 convertible
22-188 = AOE convertible
22-195 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-346 = Bertini B5 infant seat
22-356 = OnBoard infant seat
22-371 = Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat
22-372 = Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat
22-412 = Designer 22 infant seat
22-439 = Safety 1st Avenue convertible
22-449 = Safety 1st Avenue convertible
22-452 = 3 in 1 convertible
22-453 = 3 in 1 convertible
22-456= Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-458 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-459 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-462 = Safety 1st Alpha Luxe Echelon 3 in 1 convertible
22-465 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-469 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-475 = Uptown convertible
22-476 = Maxi Cosi Priori convertible
22-486 = Maxi Cosi Priori convertible
22-546 = Vantage combination
22-547 = Vantage combination
22-553 = Vantage combination
22-554 = Vantage combination
22-561 = Designer 22 infant seat
22-564 = Vantage combination
22-567 = Vantage combination
22-574 = Vantage combination
22-580 = Prospect combination
22-657 = EB infant seat
22-740 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-741 = some 3 in 1 convertible
22-755 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-758 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-759 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-790 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-799 = AOE convertible
22-880 = EB Combination
22-560 = Safety 1st combination
93-560 = Vantage combination
17-439
IC-072 = infant seat