Baby Car Seat/Carrier Recalled
Fall Risk From Faulty Handle on Evenflo Embrace Brand Car Seat/Carrier
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May 10, 2007 - Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers have been recalled
because of a faulty handle that suddenly releases and dumps babies to the
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 679 reports
of the handle on the car seat/carriers unexpectedly releasing. There have been
160 reports of injuries to children, including one fractured skull, two
concussions, and a number of bruises and scrapes.
About 450,000 of the faulty units were sold.
Affected models are Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before
April 8, 2006. A white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the
convenience base carries the model number. The recall includes model numbers
beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598, or
Models beginning with the number 5 were sold with a compatible stroller. The
units were made in the U.S. and in China.
The models may still be used as car seats when secured to a vehicle, but
must not be used as carriers.
Evenflo is offering a free repair kit that strengthens the latch on the
handle. The manufacturer asks that recalled units not be returned to the stores
from which they were purchased. The handle should not be used until after
installation of the repair kit.
For additional information, contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7497 between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the recall web site at