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Graco Children’s Products said today that it will recall roughly 1.9 million infant safety seats with latches that may become difficult to open.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing the first-ever side impact test for car seats sold in the U.S. designed for children weighing up to 40 lbs.
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.
Kids come in all different shapes and sizes – so does one type of car safety seat fit all? An important question that seems to be popping up more frequently is if overweight children need a car seat that’s designed just for them – and according to a new study, the answer is no.
The study, which was conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention, found no evidence of increased injury risk for children across a broad weight range. That means that an overweight child who is placed properly in a car seat that’s correctly installed is no more likely than a child of average weight.
“Given that nearly 32 percent of children in the United States are categorized as overweight or obese, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children, we wanted to better understand how these two threats to children’s health interact,” said Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, the lead author of the study and an attending emergency physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This research should reassure parents that their only concern when it comes to car seat safety should be to follow the most recent guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Zonfriollo offers a great tip for re-evaluating you child’s safety seat needs – during your child’s scheduled doctor’s appointments. You’ll be able to get accurate weight and height measurements, which you can then use to gauge acceptable ranges on the seat’s labels or instructions.