Public Notice - Evenflo Sightseer Booster Cushion

TP 2436
Road Safety Leaflet # D-2004-07 (E)



Manufacturer:
Evenflo Company Inc.
Northwoods Business Center
707 Crossroads Court
Vandalia, Ohio 45377
USA

Importer & Distributor:
London Drugs
12251 Horseshoe Way
Richmond, BC V7A 4X5

Media Contact:
Mario Ciolfitto: 1-604-272-7549

Consumer Contact:
Consumer Service: 1-604-272-7400

Models Affected and Model Numbers:
Sightseer Booster Seats - 2691299

Number of Units:
Approximately 100

Dates of Manufacture:
February, 2004

Geographic Distribution:
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Problem:
London Drugs imported approximately 100 Evenflo Sightseer Booster seats from a United States based clearing house. These booster seats do not fully comply with all applicable standards and regulations under the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Background:
A call was received by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) from a consumer in concerning an Evenflo Sightseer booster seat that had been purchased at London Drugs. She was concerned that the minimum weight indicated on the labelling was 30 pounds. MPI forwarded the enquiry to Transport Canada. On review of the booster seat with the consumer, it was verified that the booster seat was manufactured for the U.S. market, as it did not have the required Canadian labelling. Transport Canada contacted Evenflo Canada to discuss the importation of the booster seats into Canada. It has been determined that this model of booster seat has not been available in Canada for approximately one year and that these particular booster seats had been supplied directly to London Drugs by a United States based clearing house and not by Evenflo Company Inc.

Company Action:
Upon notification by Transport Canada, London Drugs has voluntarily removed the booster seats from their stores. In addition, they have published a notice on their web site and have the publication posted in all their stores. As the booster seats were not sold directly to London Drugs by the manufacturer, Evenflo is not involved in this Public Notice.

Safety Risk:
The labelling on the booster seats states the minimum weight for use is 30 pounds. The Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard - Booster Cushions (CMVSS 213.2) states that the minimum weight for use must be 40 pounds. Should an underweight child be placed in the booster seat and the vehicle is involved in a collision, specifically a roll-over event, the child could be seriously injured due to ejection or partial ejection.

Consumer Recourse:
Any individual who has purchased this model of booster cushion from London Drugs should return the booster to the retail outlet for a full refund with or without a receipt.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: September 30, 2004

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