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CENTURY PRODUCTS ISSUES SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING 580 INFANT CAR SEATS

 CENTURY PRODUCTS ISSUES SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING
 580 INFANT CAR SEATS
 MACEDONIA, Ohio, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Century Products Company has determined that a safety defect exists in the Century 580 Infant Car Seat (models: 4580, 4581, 4583, 4585).
 It has been determined that when parents adjust the shoulder straps, they can be improperly rethreaded through the metal strap slides found on the back of the 580 car seat. Improper rethreading permits the shoulder straps to pull through the seat strap slots, leaving the child unrestrained although appearing to be restrained.
 Century Products wishes to alert users of the Century 580 Car Seats that failure to properly rethread the strap slides could result in serious injury to the child in the event of a crash. Century also urges parents to check the metal strap slides to ensure they are threaded properly. The proper threading procedure is illustrated in the car seat instruction manual and on a label affixed to the back of seats manufactured after Jan. 1, 1990. If your car seat does not include this label, please call 1-800-892-3600 and one will be mailed to you.
 In addition, Century would like to "re-alert" all 580 users of seats manufactured prior to Nov. 1, 1989, to a safety campaign in which the handle screws must be replaced to prevent the handle from loosening and detaching from the seat when used as a carrier. Failure to replace the screws could result in injury to the child.
 Only seats manufactured prior to Nov. 1989, need the replacement screws. The 4-digit manufacturing date code can be found on the label affixed to the side of the stay-in-the-car base and on a small white sticker affixed to the bottom of the seat. Date code numbers of 8910 and smaller require the replacement screws. To obtain a replacement screw kit, call the same toll-free number, 1-800-892-3600, and it will be mailed to you.
 If the manufacturing date code on your 580 car seat is 8911 or higher, or the handle screws are black in color, or a circular label reading "New Improved Handle Screws" is affixed to the car seat, the handle screws have already been replaced.
 In the event you feel Century Products Company fails to respond to your request for a threading label or replacement handle hardware within a reasonable amount of time and without charge, you may submit a complaint to: The Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh St., SW, Washington, D.C. 20590, or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393 (Washington, D.C., area residents may call 202-366-0123).
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 /CONTACT: Shelly DiMattio of Century Products, 216-468-4332/ CO: Century Products ST: Ohio IN: LEI SU:


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