Important Safety Advisory On Britax Frontier Child/Booster Restraint System

For immediate release
December 15, 2008

Transport Canada is advising the public of safety issues with respect to the Britax child/booster restraint system listed below. A total of 3,920 units manufactured between June 6, 2008 and September 17, 2008 inclusive are affected. These models are:

  • Frontier Models E9L75M6 and E9L75H6

Issue and Safety Risk: There is a potential for one side of the shoulder harness to become detached from the yoke on the back of the child/booster seat when loosening the harness to remove the child. Should one side of the shoulder harness become detached and not be detected by the parent, the harness would not securely restrain a child in the child/booster restraint system in the event of a collision. As with all child restraint systems, when buckling up the child, the harness should always be tested for tightness. Any detachment would be obvious at that point in time.

Company Action and Consumer Recourse: Effective September 15, 2008, Britax Child Safety, Inc. has modified the harness system by stiffening the harness loop that attaches to the yoke, reducing the possibility of detachment. As well, the company has successfully developed and tested rubber caps that are to be placed on the end of the metal harness yoke, which will prevent the harness from detaching.

Britax Child Safety, Inc. will supply the rubber caps free of charge to all registered owners of the Frontier child/booster restraint system. Should a consumer not be registered with the company, the rubber caps will be provided, free of charge, by calling the toll free number (1-888-427-4829).

Britax Child Safety Inc. will also be sending a letter to registered owners of the Frontier child/booster restraint system to inform them that they have modified the harness system and that the rubber caps are available. The company will be posting pertinent information on their website.

A public information notice was issued by Transport Canada on December 15, 2008, and further information on the Britax Frontier child/booster restraint system can be found on Transport Canada's website at:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-index-53.htm

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For more information contact:

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
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