Diono is recalling 519,052 Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier convertible and booster car seats.
When the seat is secured to the car in the forward-facing position using the lap belt only (not lap-and-shoulder belt) without also using the top tether, it may not adequately protect the child from injury in the event of a crash. If the seat is installed with only the lap belt, the child has an increased risk of a chest injury in the event of a crash.
What does this recall mean?
The following was posted on the Diono Facebook page to explain further:
“Diono is a leading designer and manufacturer of Child Safety Seats and other juvenile products. We are committed to improving safety for babies and young children traveling in cars. As a result of our rigorous quality control, and ongoing product testing, we have established that if our convertible child safety seat is installed forward facing in vehicles with a lap-belt (type 1) only without top tether it crosses into a technical non-compliance. If our convertible child safety seat is being used with a lap and shoulder safety belt (type 2) or with our Super LATCH system, or top tether the child safety seat is unaffected.“
“Please Note: In September of 2005 a US law passed requiring a three-point belt in every back seat for all cars manufactured after 2007 – most vehicle manufacturers complied well before that date.”
“It is highly unlikely that you will be affected by this voluntary recall. To check if you are please answer the following questions.“
“A) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap and shoulder belt, or with our super LATCH system, or using the top tether? If the answer is yes you are unaffected by this notice.”
“B) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap belt only and top tether. If the answer is yes you are unaffected by this notice.”
“C) Is your child safety seat installed forward facing with the lap belt only? If the answer is yes, you might be affected by this notice.”
“If the answer to C is yes you are only affected if your seat was manufactured after 11/25/13. You will be able to locate this information on the manufacturer’s label on the product.”
What to do
Diono will notify owners, and provide a free remedy kit with an updated instruction manual, an energy absorbing pad, as well as a new chest clip, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 22, 2017.
“The Diono safety team is ready to assist any concerns, questions and inquiries from concerned parents, customers or advocates who need our support whilst we implement this voluntary recall. We have a toll-free number set up for any consumer inquiries 1-855-463-4666”