One of NHTSA’s many important functions is to make sure motor vehicles and car seats meet all Federal safety standards. Sometimes a motor vehicle or motor vehicle safety equipment (such as car seats and boosters) does not comply with these safety standards, or there is a safety related defect. If this happens, a recall may occur in order to fix the problem. Take steps to stay informed as soon as you purchase a car seat.
To ensure you are notified in the event of a recall, be sure to register your car seat. Write your name and address on the postage-paid card that comes with the car seat and mail it. You can also register your car seat online at our website:
You should also sign up to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls from NHTSA:
If you don’t have another car seat or booster seat to use, keep using the recalled seat while you wait for the repair kit—if the recall notice says you can. Using a recalled car seat or booster seat is almost always safer than letting a child ride in just a seat belt. Many problems are minor but some are serious. All problems should be fixed as soon as possible.