Chicco recalls certain car seatsBuckle safety issue causes Chicco car seat recall
28 June 2013
Chicco has issued a product recall for some models of its Autofix (pictured right) and Synthesis child car seats after Sabelt, the company that manufactures its buckles, noticed a potential safety issue.
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Only certain child car seat models, with a particular type of buckle manufactured by Sabelt, are affected by the recall.
Which? child car seat researcher Victoria Pearson says: 'If you own a Chicco baby car seat, check the orange label underneath. Only some models of car seats with numbers 04443553 (Synthesis) and 04443702 (Autofix) are affected. They are labelled 'type approval number'.
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The recall notice says that Sabelt noticed a manufacturing defect with one of its models of buckle which could compromise safety in an accident.
Chicco have confirmed that there has been no report of an accident and that there is a very low defect rate. However, it says as a precautionary measure it is asking owners of the Chicco Auto-Fix and Chicco Synthesis car seats fitted with the affected buckle to visit the Chicco website, to check if their model is involved and to get instructions on the safe use of the product.
You'll need to check the type of buckle, 'ECE type approval number' and serial number of your car seat to find out if it is one of the affected models.
Chicco Synthesis and Autofix - recall
The Chicco Synthesis infant carrier is commonly sold as part of the Trio Enjoy Travel system package, which is sold by retailers including Argos, Bambino Direct, BHS direct, Boots, Debenhams Plus and Kiddicare.
The Chicco Autofix infant carrier is sold as a stand alone child car seat which can be used with or without the Autofix Fast car seat base.