2018 Snuggle News

Public Notice: Incorrect Handle Position on Label of 0209 Model UPPAbaby MESA Car Seats

February 21, 2018

As per Transport Canada’s website, they are informing the public of a non-compliance involving certain UPPAbaby MESA infant car seats with the following model numbers; 0209-JKE, 0209-DNY, 0209-GEO, 0209-PAS, 0209-LSY, manufactured between October 17, 2015 and March 21, 2017. 

The affected infant car seats have an installation diagram label at the belt path that incorrectly shows the position of the carry handle when the car seat is installed in a vehicle.  The carry handle must be in the forward “vehicle use” position when installed in a vehicle, not in the recline position, as shown on the incorrect product label. This label does not conform to the labelling requirements indicated in the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations.

To date, there have been no reported cases of injuries related to the incorrect positioning of the carry handle.

Notes:

  1. There is only one product label with the incorrect diagram (see Figure 1, below).
  2. The warnings on the seat and the two labels on the carrier fabric (on both sides of the seating surface) correctly explain how to position the carry handle (see Figures 1 and 2, below).
 
Figure 1: MESA infant car seat. Bottom left: The diagram shows the incorrect carry handle position. Bottom right: The warning label explains the correct carry handle position.
Figure 2: MESA infant car seat with label on the fabric that shows the correct carry handle position.

Transport Canada and 5514 Km are concerned that some consumers may incorrectly position the carry handle when installing the car seat in their vehicle, which could put the child occupant at a higher risk of injury in the event of a vehicle collision. The carry handle position can affect rebound, which is regulated to ensure that the head of the child does not rebound into the space behind the vehicle seat back.Note: There is no safety risk if the carry handle is used in the correct position (forward, “vehicle use position”).

Parents and caregivers can continue to use the seats safely, provided they follow the instructions in the instruction manual, warning label, and the two labels on the carrier fabric (shown in Figure 2, above). Corrected labels are available by contacting UPPAbaby Consumer Experience Group at https://uppababy.com/ca/support/

Consumers should ONLY use the forward “vehicle-use” position for the carry handle when installing their car seat in a vehicle.Consumers should disregard the label at the belt path (see Figure 3 below) on how to position the carry handle.

Consumers who have the correct label (see Figure 4 below) may disregard this notice.

Figure 3: Label showing the INCORRECT carry handle position
Figure 4: Label showing the CORRECT carry handle position

If parents or consumers have lost or misplaced their instruction manual, they should contact the UPPAbaby Consumer Experience Group at https://uppababy.com/ca/support/ to receive a replacement. The affected car seats should not be returned to the retailer.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Snuggle Bugz

Lydia

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