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Target Circo Booster Seat Recall

By June 15, 2011

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Circo Booster Seat Recall - Photo courtesy of the CPSCTarget is recalling about 375,000 of their Circo Booster Seats because the "booster seat's restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been at least 10 reports of the Circo booster seat buckles unexpectedly opening, including at least 3 reports of children suffering minor injuries after they fell out of the booster seat and hit the floor. There were 8 reports of the Circo booster seat buckles opening unexpectedly when 43,000 of these seats were originally recalled in 2009.

Expanding on the limited recall in 2009, all Circo Booster Seats are now recalled. These booster seats were made in China and were sold at Target stores nationwide for about $13 from January 2005 to June 2009.

If you have one of these recalled Circo booster seats, you should stop using it and can return it to Target for a refund.

Although these Circo booster seats are not for use in a car, this is still a good time to remember that according to the latest car seat guidelines, kids can move to a belt-positioning booster seat when they reach the weight and height harness strap limits of their forward-facing car seat. The move to regular seat belts should not occur until kids are "old enough and large enough" for the seat belts to protect them properly, which usually isn't until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall (57 inches) and are between 8 and 12 years old.

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Comments
June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm
(1) AreYouSerious says:

These booster seats are for chairs NOT for vehicles. Therefore, that last paragraph giving information in regards to CAR booster seats is completely out of place. Who is writing this stuff? Don’t people proofread their work anymore?

June 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“These booster seats are for chairs NOT for vehicles.”

We have never had a home booster seat, so never considered that. Sorry for the mistake.

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