The recall announced Wednesday affects approximately 55,000 model number 79700 "Safe Embrace" convertible car seats, which were manufactured from May 19, 1997, through March 29, 1998. They are used in a rear-facing position for infants up to 22 pounds and are faced forward for toddlers up to 40 pounds.
Parents are being told they could continue using the seats until a modification kit arrives, as long as they check daily to make sure it locks correctly.
Neither the company nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which announced the recall, has received any reports of injury as a result of the problem.
Consumers who own the Safe Embrace convertible seat should call Fisher-Price at 1-800-355-8882 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday to receive the replacement kit. They may also write to Fisher-Price Consumer Affairs, 636 Girard Ave., East Aurora, N.Y., 14052.
Consumers who registered their seats with the manufacturer when they bought them will automatically receive replacement kits in the mail.