Public Notice - Cosco Child Restraint and High Back Booster Cushions

TP 2436
Road Safety Leaflet #  D-2002-06 (E)



Manufacturer:
Cosco
2525 State Street
Columbus IN
47201-7494
U.S.A

Importer & Distributor:
Dorel Juvenile Group (Canada)
804 rue Deslauriers
St-Laurent, Quebec
H4N 1X1

Consumer Contact:
Call Centre: 1-800-536-1090

Media Contact:
David Hall: 514-332-3737

Model Names and Model Numbers Affected
Brand Name Model No.
Cosco Summit 22-26C xxx
Cosco High Back Booster 02-C42 xxx
02-C48 xxx
Cosco Ventura 02-04C xxx
Cosco Visions 02-09C xxx
Cosco Commuter 02-88C xxx
Eddie Bauer High Back Booster 02-C49 xxx
02-C88 xxx
Safety 1st Vantage Point 22-56C xxx
Safety 1st High Back Booster 02-45C xxx
Safety 1st Vantage Point 02-64C xxx

Dates of Manufacture:
January 01, 1998 to August 29, 2002

Number of Units:
225,000

Problem:
During production the energy absorption foam material was omitted from the head contactable area on the back of the unit, contrary to the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Restraint and Booster Cushions Safety Regulations (RSSR) Schedule III, Subsection 6.

Background and Company Action:
Upon the investigation of a single public complaint it was determined that the energy absorption foam material had been omitted. The company was contacted and an internal investigation of the matter confirmed that the material was missing. The company has taken corrective action for consumers with the affected products and those within retail and company inventories.

Geographic Distribution:
All across Canada

Safety Risk:
The company has evaluated the situation and has determined that there is no safety risk. The company has not received any complaints concerning the crashworthiness performance of the restraint system due to the absence of the energy absorption foam in the head contactable area. Transport Canada is not aware of any complaints regarding this matter.

A total of two complaints have been received concerning alleged contusions in the lower back area on the children using the affected units. These were not the result of a motor vehicle collision. Transport Canada regards these complaints to be isolated discomfort problems and not a safety related issue.

The company has agreed to extend the foam padding from the head contactable area to the base to alleviate any potential for discomfort.

Consumers should continue to use the affected unit until they receive a retrofit kit.

Consumer Recourse:
The company has taken corrective action by making a free replacement foam kit available to consumers who have purchased an affected unit. In addition, the company has notified retailers to cease sales of the affected units until they have been modified.

Persons who have sent in registration cards will be sent the retrofit kit by Dorel Juvenile Group Customer Service Department. Those who have not sent in the registration cards should contact Dorel at 1-800-536-1090.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: September 11, 2002

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