Registration & Recalls

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:

Manufacturers are required to notify you of a recall.

You should also sign up to receive e-mail alerts about car seat and booster seat recalls from NHTSA:


When you hear about a car seat or booster seat recall, be sure to:

  • Find out which models and manufacture dates are involved.
  • Call the manufacturer or visit their Web site for more information and to verify if your car seat or booster seat has been recalled; or
  • Call NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Before you call, have the following information:

  • Manufacturer’s name
  • Model Name
  • Model Number
  • Date of Manufacture

If your car seat is recalled get it fixed right away.

Use of a recalled car seat or booster seat

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.