Is your Child Protected By That Car Seat?

By: Jennifer Dylan

Is this the season for recalls?

A couple of days back, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has announced the recall of hundreds of thousands of vehicles from two major auto manufacturers Daimler Chrysler AG and the Ford Motor Company. However, it seems like another auto product is going to be recalled. If you are eyeing your newly purchased , then there is actually no need to worry. These products are not for recall.

It is really good that the Britax Child Safety, Inc. actually did a recall without the need for the NHTSA to be involved. They voluntary called back to their arms one of their child seat products one model of their much purchased Boulevard child restraints with model number E9L57. According to the company, they are voluntarily recalling such a product because they have found out that such has been unable to comply with the safety regulations given out with regards to child seats.

If you have bought a Boulevard child restraint with the model number E9L57, you should do go first check if the product was produced from March 1st of this year up until the 1st of August. Products only produced during that period would be recalled. However, if you have other Britax products, then there is no need to worry for the company itself has said that there are no other products to be recalled.

What made Britax recall such products? Well, it is certainly a good thing that the company is doing random product evaluations. And on one of those, they were able to find out that the recalled model may be quite dangerous to the little child in it. They have found out that the top tether hook could actually open or even break during some situations. And if it does, of course, the passenger or the child in it could also fall down and get harmed.

Britax did several tests and they found out that the top tether hook actually opens or breaks during a certain situation. This was when the child restraint was actually installed facing the front. The tether was then attached to a dummy that was used in place of a child. So if the hook breaks during a crash, the restraint could move forward. Such increases the risk of injury and harm to the child.

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