Confused about what’s going on with the Maxi Cosi car seat recall? You’re not the only one. With safety concerns, non-certification and confusion about what products are actually affected nobody seems to know whats going on. Here’s your quick guide on what to do with your Maxi Cosi car seat.
What a massive debacle. Neither Dorel (the Australian distributors of Maxi Cosi) nor the ACCC seem to understand what’s going on with these car seats so goodness knows how you’re meant to know. Here’s a quick run down of what it means for you.
At the moment, about 11,000 Maxi Cosi car seats have been recalled and/or removed from sale.
The Maxi Cosi Euro Convertible Car Seat A2 & A4 has been recalled and removed from sale. This is because parents reported the car seat cover getting caught in the harness straps, causing the straps to loosen while in use. The remedy for the A2 is a new car seat cover, the remedy for the A4 is a replacement Maxi Cosi Euro Convertible Car Seat A2, presumably with new cover.
To make things worse, the Maxi Cosi Hera Car Seat A4 (the new model) has been removed from sale because the Safety Standards Certification has not been finalised. Even though it has gone through stringent safety testing, certification is not been complete so it’s sale is illegal. The remedy offered by Dorel is a non-specified car seat replacement.
Both Dorel and the ACCC are advising parents who own these seats to contact Dorel direct on 1300 809 526, however, word on the street is that parents are having difficulty getting through and because of the volume, replacements might take weeks.
Under Australian Consumer Law, parents can take their affected car seat back to the retailer they purchased it from who are obliged to offer a replacement or refund if a repair is not available. Retailers like Baby Bunting are helping their customers get their car seat replacements sorted out quick smart.
The good news is that no children have been reported injured as a result of safety issues and parents can continue to use their Euro Convertible seat as long as they ‘ensure that the harness adjuster is free of any impediments when fitting a child into the restraint’.
Dorel have produced the guide above which will help you to determine if your seat is effected. Please note, Safe n Sound Maxi Rider, Maxi AHR & Maxi Guards products and seats are not effected.