July 6, 2006
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 5 consumer complaints that the handle on the Embrace rear facing infant car seat designed for children between 5 and 22 pounds unexpectedly fails.

The Embrace infant seat is manufactured by the Evenflo Company, Inc. and is sold on-line, at Wal-Mart and as well as other independent retailers.

The Embrace infant seat is equipped with a carry handle and may also be used outside of a vehicle as an infant carrier.

The NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation has received 5 reports of problems with the infant seat handle latch. In four instances the handle "unexpectedly unlatched and one complaint reports the handle release lever fell out of the handle on one side," according to NHTSA.

NHTSA also reports that a review of Evenflo's submission of early warning reporting data has identified field reports of handle latch problems on Embrace seats.