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Combi Recalls 67,000 Child Safety Seats

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Maintenance Combi USA, Inc. recently announced a voluntary safety recall of 67,000 child safety seats that include the Centre, Centre ARB, and Shuttle Rear Facing Infant Restraints. The Centre and Shuttle were manufactured from October 19, 2005 to December 15, 2007. Federal tests show the seats could potentially separate from their bases in front-end collisions.

Model numbers affected consist of 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520 and associated Travel systems containing the Centre and Shuttle with model numbers 4400, 4515, and 4520. To know the model number and the date of manufacture, customers could look into the sticker found on the underside of the seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Transport Canada, and Combi conducted several in-car laboratory tests to analyze the overall effectiveness of the Centre and Shuttle in frontal crashes. In some cases these tests exceeded the requirements of the present American standard, said the companyís release.

To note, all Centre and Shuttle restraints unfailingly met government safety standards. But notwithstanding such fact, the manufacturer initiated voluntary safety recall to address the potential for seat separation as demonstrated in testing of the seat in motor vehicles. Combi will conduct a voluntary recall campaign in an effort to provide safety seats with enhanced protection under these in-car test conditions.

"Our first priority at Combi is to provide the highest level of safety and quality to the children we protect. We are taking this action in the interest of children who use our products and to ensure the publicís trust in our products," said the company in a statement.

The Fort Mill, South Carolina-based seat maker will send notification letters to all registered owners detailing the process of obtaining a free retrofit kit. In a release Monday, Combi said that those consumers who have not registered their product should immediately visit the companyís web site at www.combi-intl.com or call Combi Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-543-7734 Monday through Thursday. The company said it could take six to eight weeks to get the retrofit kit.

"In the meantime, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base until the retrofit kit is installed," the recall notice said.

Though the company did not receive injury reports, Combi decided to recall the products so as not to sacrifice quality and safety. Spark plug wires, engines, radiators, airbags, and the rest of the auto parts accessories should be regularly checked, nonetheless.

For more information about your parts needs like Spark plug wires visit your trusted online source. Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.
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