Public Notice - Cosco Summit Combination Child Restraint System and High Back Booster Cushion

TP 2436
Road Safety Leaflet # D-2002-07 (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 Name and Model Number Affected
Brand Name Model No.
Cosco Summit 22-26C HOU

Dates of Manufacture:
June 24, 2002 to July 9, 2002

Number of Units:
200

Problem:
During production of the above-noted model, a combination child restraint and high back booster cushion, the tether strap adjuster mechanism was improperly threaded. The improperly threaded adjuster will allow tether strap webbing slippage during a collision.

Background:
The manufacturer identified the improper threading of the adjusting device during a quality control inspection. With the adjuster improperly threaded, the restraint system, when used in the child restraint mode, would not meet the dynamic performance requirements of the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Cushions Regulations (RSSR), Schedule III, subsection 13.

Geographic Distribution:
All across Canada

Safety Risk:
The improperly threaded tether strap adjuster will not prevent the tether strap webbing from slipping during a collision. When used in the child restraint mode, this condition will allow a child's head and upper body to move further forward in a moderate or severe frontal collision. This could possibly result in head contact with the interior of the vehicle and thus increase the potential for occupant injury. In essence, the improperly threaded tether would provide close to the same result as if no tether strap was used.

At this time, the company and Transport Canada have not received any public complaint of a tether slippage problem, occurring either as a result of installing the unit, or as a result of a motor vehicle collision.

Consumer Recourse and Company Action:
The company has taken corrective action by issuing a press release on the Canada Newswire Service on September 09, 2002. The company has an instruction sheet available that will be sent out upon request to consumers to rectify the situation. The corrective action requires a re-threading of the tether strap adjuster.

At this time, the company has not received any registration cards for the affected units. Any person who has this particular model is urgently requested to contact the company at 1-800-536-1090.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: October 9, 2002

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