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Diono issues nationwide recall for more than 500,000 car seats

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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A voluntary recall of more than 500,000 car seats sold by a company called Diono has been issued because they may not sufficiently protect children in a crash.

Diono, formerly known as Sunshine Kids Juvenile, announced Thursday that it is recalling 519,052 of its Olympia, Pacifica, Rainier, Radian R100, Radian R120, and Radian RXT convertible and booster car seats that were manufactured between January 2014 and September 2017.

Diono car seat recall.
Diono is recalling more than half a million car seats because of increased danger to children over 65 pounds in a crash. Diono

Internal testing by Diono found that when children over 65 pounds are secured with a lap belt but not the top tether, there is an increased risk of injury, according to a report posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Any child safety seat that is installed forward-facing with only the lap belt may be subject to the recall, the company wrote in a safety notice.

The company will provide a free instruction manual, energy absorbing pad and chest clip to anyone eligible for the recall, which is expected to begin on Nov. 22. Customers with questions can call 1-855-215-4951.

The NHTSA encourages parents to register with its website to keep updated on recalls.

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