One of the largest manufacturers of baby and child gear is voluntarily recalling 18,000 care safety seats after the seats failed a significant crash test.

The seat in question is the $80 dollar Evenflo Masestro seat. This combination toddler-booster seat is designed for children from 20 to 100 pounds. Children use it with the harness until they’re big enough to use it with a vehicle’s seatbelt.

Consumer Reports conducted a simulated 30-mile-per-hour crash test at an outside laboratory and found two of the seats failed when used with their harness.

Consumer Reports says if the harness loosen in a real crash, it allows the child to move much farther forward, exposing their head and neck to injury, as well as increasing their potential for ejection.

Consumer Reports notified Evenflo and the company issued “a voluntary safety recall of certain Maestro child restraint systems built between November 24, 2009 and April 9, 2010.”  Here are the models:

  • 3101198
  • 3101980
  • 31011048
  • 31011049
  • 31011057C
  • 31011059

To find out when a seat was made, check the label on the top of the shell. The manufacturing date will be at the top.

Evenflo says no injuries have been reported, but it has developed a free fix that parents should install before using the seat in harness mode.

It also says parents of bigger children may safely use the Maestro seat in its booster mode until the fix comes. To get your repair kit, contact Evenflo at 800-233-5921.