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Child car-seat company Britax has initiated a voluntary recall for about 55,455 child car seats, saying that there are pieces which children can bite off and choke on.
If you have a Britax child safety seat, this announcement may affect you. Some of the company’s convertible car seats were manufactured with screws and nuts that were improperly inserted. As a result, the screws or nuts may become detached from the base joint connector.
The convertible car seats in question were made from early July 2010 through August 2011. There’s no word about how many car seats are facing this problem, but we do have a list of the car seats that may be affected:
• ROUNDABOUT 55
• MARATHON 70
• BOULEVARD 70
• BOULEVARD 70 CS
• ADVOCATE 70 CS
According to Britax, you can still continue to use the convertible car seats, but you should replace any missing screws or nuts to ensure it works as intended. Britax will send you replacement screws and nuts, as well as the tools needed to replace them. You can call the Britax Consumer Services Department at 888-427-4829 to order your replacement parts. Until you receive them, Britax recommends that your convertible car seat is properly installed using the vehicle seat belt or LATCH connectors. After the jump, we’ve attached a picture that shows you where your Britax convertible car seat could be missing screws or nuts in its base.
For more info direct from the company, click here.
We all know that child car seats are meant to help protect your kids, but new tests results put out by Healthy Stuff say that half of 2011 child car seats contain the use of chemicals that are known to result in unexpected health problems.
The organization, which as been testing car safety seats since 2008, tested for bromine, chlorine and other heavy metals. And even though they did find that half of the car seats made in 2011 did contain some of these elements, there is some good news – since Healthy Stuff started testing, the average rankings have improved by 64 percent.
If you’re in the market for a new child car seat, keep this list handy:
Most Toxic 2011 Car Seats:
- Infant Seat: Graco Snugride 35 in Edgemont Red/Black & Graco SnugRide 30 in Asprey
- Convertible Seat: Britax Marathon 70 in Jet Set & Britax Marathon in Platinum
- Booster Seat: Recaro Pro Booster in Blue Opal & Recaro ProSPORT Toddler in Mist
Least Toxic 2011 Car Seats:
- Infant Seat: Chicco KeyFit 30 in Limonata, Graco Snugride 35 in Laguna Bay & Combi Shuttle 33 in Cranberry Noche
- Convertible Carseat: Graco Comfort Sport in Caleo, Graco MyRide 65 in Chandler and Streamer, Safety 1st OnSide Air in Clearwater, and Graco Nautilus Elite 3-in-1 in Gabe
- Booster Seat: Graco Turbo Booster in Anders
If you want to see the full list what seat made the list, head on over to the Healthy Stuff site (you can even add your name to the petition for safer products). Partnering with The Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety, Healthy Stuff is attempting to pressure the “largest car seat retailers, Graco and Evenflo, to take leadership to disclose and phase out hazardous chemical flame retardant additives”.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car-seat manufacturer Britax is recalling 17,251 Chaperone infant-safety seats due to chest clip issues. These chest clips were incorrectly produced and affect car seats that were built between April 11, 2009, and May 31, 2010. Car seat model numbers that are affected by the recall are:
* E9L69N9 (Moonstone)
* E9L69P2 (Red Mill)
* E9L69P3 (Savannah)
* E9L69P5 (Cowmooflage)
Positioning the harness straps across the child’s shoulder, the car seat’s chest clip may be too brittle and might break when used with the infant in the seat. Once broken, the clip’s sharp edges could cut the child’s skin or become a choking hazard.
For those who have registered a car seat with the company, Britax will mail a remedy kit, which comes with a new chest clip. This kit will be mailed out around November 11.
For more information or to contact the company if you haven’t registered a recalled car seat, call Britax at 888-427-4829 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.