Are you among the 58% of parents driving around with your child strapped into an unregistered car seat? If so, you could be missing important recall notices and a chance to get your seat repaired or replaced free if it’s ever found defective.
Car seat recalls are more common than you might think, affecting more than six million seats in 2014, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That year, fewer than half of the dangerous seats received the needed repairs. Why? Consumers forgot to send in the little registration postcard that fluttered out of the box when they bought their new car seats. Without it, manufacturers had no way to notify them directly of a recall, leaving parents to rely on media reports.
The upshot: If you’re buying a new seat, take the time to fill out and send in the card. If you already own a seat but the card is long gone, you can sign up for bi-monthly Safekids.org recall alerts on all sorts of children’s products (including car seats), and see past recall lists.