The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc., announced a recall of approximately 450,000 Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers due to a serious defect.
The handle, when the unit is used as an infant carrier, can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When that happens, an infant inside the carrier will fall out.
There have been 679 reports of the handle releasing, resulting in 160 injuries to children. The injuries include a skull fracture, two concussions, cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
The recall is for Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006. Specifically for model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. The model number and production date information can be found on a white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the convenience base. Models beginning with “5” are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller).