The recall seemed to be straightforward enough: Recaro Child Safety needed to fix some of its car seats so that they would not break free during a crash.
But the path to that announcement, made last week, was anything but.
After more than 18 months of resistance by Recaro, about 173,000 child seats are being recalled, illustrating how long and fraught the recall process can become. The case follows another wide-ranging child seat recall, for models made by Graco Children’s Products, that was also fought by its company.
The Recaro safety problem was discovered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in late 2013 and early 2014 during routine crash tests to check compliance with federal safety standards.