55,455 Britax convertible car seats have been recalled because some children have tried to eat portions of them. The seats have a soft material in the chest pad restraint that children have chewed, and, in some cases, bitten off. The material bitten off can pose a choking hazard. Models recalled, all manufactured between June 2012 and August 2012, are Boulevard 70 G3, Advocate 70 G3, and Pavilion 70 G3. Britax, of Charlotte, N.C., has received reports of children biting and gagging on pieces of the HUGS pads connected to the seat’s harness straps.
The model numbers are: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y. The company will provide car seat owners with replacement HUGS pads that are made from a stronger material, according to Britax. Contact the Britax Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829 to request replacement chest pads for the seat.
To address the issue, Britax is providing consumers with a kit containing more durable replacement pads that can be installed on the harness straps. Owners of affected car seats are encouraged to remove the HUGS pads until replacement pads are received. For more information contact Britax Child Safety, Inc., at (888) 427-4829 or at www.britaxusa.com/support/safety-notices.
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