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Car Seat Recall Survival Guide

May 6, 2008
Any time you decide to buy a car seat for your child, you should make an effort to stay up to date on any product recalls. That means you'll need to check on the news often. Visit websites that will keep you notified of any car seat recalls in effect.

But what should you do if the frightening happens, and your child's car seat is recalled?

First, visit the website for the recalled seat, or call the toll-free number. The manufacturer will likely have a special webpage or phone line set up strictly for the recall.

You can be sure that whenever there's a recall, car seat companies won't dawdle. They're going to want to make sure your child is safe. Be sure to follow the instructions you get from the website or the phone line.

When you visit the website or phone the manufacturer, be sure you have the child's car seat in hand. You might need the serial number or the model name, which will usually be printed in the instruction manual.

You will likely be advised to continue using the seat until a repair kit reaches you. Remember, in almost every case, it is safer for your child to ride in a recalled seat than to ride in a car with no child safety restraint.

Here's another way to stay on top of car seat recalls: Whenever you buy a car seat for your child, register it with the manufacturer. Like many products, all car seats come with a registration card.

Most people just throw these away. When it comes to a product like this, it is important to register it and give the company a way to contact you.

There's no guarantee that the company won't use your address for annoying advertisements, but at least you have the assurance of knowing you'll be contacted if there's a recall.

Remember, just because a car seat has a recall, it doesn't mean it's a bad seat. Errors occur in all manufacturing, and when these errors are found in a car seat, the company usually works very quickly to correct them.

If you have any concerns after a car seat recall, call the company and talk to someone. They will probably be able to put your mind at ease and give advice on what to do.
About the Author
Before you buy a car seat, make sure to visit Car Seat Reviews for in-depth reviews on every brand from Graco Car Seats to Britax Car Seats.
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