August 14, 2015 — Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling over 200,000 car seats because the shoulder straps can loosen.
The car seats have a harness-adjustor button that is used to tighten the shoulder straps. If the button gets stuck in the “release” position, the shoulder straps will not tighten or restrain the child in a car accident.
Britax says no injuries have been linked to the problem.
The recall involves 37 models of ClickTight Convertible car seats, including the Advocate, Boulevard, and Marathon. The car seats were manufactured between August 1, 2014 and July 29, 2015.
Britax has offered customers a free repair-kit that consists of lubricant and instructions for applying it to the harness-adjustor button. The company said:
“If a consumer confirms that their harness straps remain securely tensioned, they can continue to use their car seat until their remedy kit arrives. If an owner cannot get the shoulder straps to remain in place, then Britax recommends against using the car seat until the lubricant has been applied.”
Britax learned about the problem after seeing Facebook posts from customers last month. They had also received some complaints and found others filed with government regulators, according to the Associated Press.
Consumer Reports issued a safety warning for a different problem with the car seats back in March. They were concerned that the safety harnesses may not be installed properly as delivered, and warned:
“With the seats we bought, the loop had been pulled over the anchor but not engaged fully around the hook. If the hook is not engaged, the harness loop could pull completely off the anchor during normal use. To a consumer, the lack of attachment may not be obvious without examining the lower anchor closely.”
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