Britax Base Joint Connectors

TP 14563—Consumer Information Notice
Child Restraint Systems
2012-C01 E
January 4, 2012

Road Safety
Information: 1-800-333-0371



Manufacturer:
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte NC 28273 USA

Customer Service:
1-888-427-4829

Models Affected:
Roundabout 55, Marathon 65, Boulevard 65, Boulevard 65 CS, Advocate 65 CS

Dates of Manufacture:
September 1, 2010 to September 1, 2011 inclusively

Number of Units:
38,487

Geographic Distribution:
Across Canada



Issue:

Transport Canada received a small number of complaints concerning joint connectors coming off the base of Britax infant/child car seats. These complaints were immediately shared with Britax and the company was supplied with an affected car seat for their examination. Britax had also received a small number of complaints about the same problem. Consumers have had this experience with the joint connectors when reinstalling the infant/child car seat from rear-facing to forward-facing.

Britax has determined that a limited number of infant/child car seats were manufactured with base joint connectors that were improperly installed. Britax has performed dynamic testing with the left connector missing, with the right connector missing and with both connectors missing to determine any possible safety ramifications. Britax found that the performance of the car seats was not adversely affected. Transport Canada has reviewed all the test documentation and agrees with Britax that the problem appears to pose no safety risk and that, even with both connectors missing, the infant/child seats, when installed properly, would perform as intended. The possibility of a choking hazard is very low to nil as the loose parts, if any, are out of reach of a restrained child. If the parts come off the seat, they will drop to either inside the padding of the child seat or to the vehicle seat or floor. Transport Canada and Britax recommend that you ensure that your infant/child car seat is properly installed using the vehicle seat belt or UAS (Universal Anchorage System) and tether strap, as outlined in the user guide.

Joint connector coming off the base of Britax infant/child car seat

Consumer Recourse:

Owners of affected car seats may call Britax Child Safety, Inc. at 1-888-427-4829 to receive a kit containing replacement base joint connectors, tools and instructions.