Government announces recall of child safety seats

WASHINGTON - Britax Child Safety is recalling nearly 10,000 child safety seats that do not meet government standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday.

The agency said the recall involves 9,922 Roundabout convertible safety seats manufactured between Jan. 13, 1999, and March 14, 1999.

The seats could allow a child's head to move farther forward in a crash than allowed by federal standards, raising the potential for injury.

NHTSA said Britax has developed a shoulder pad kit that solves the problem and can be easily installed by the owner.

Consumers who returned a registration card to Britax will receive a free remedy kit. Owners who did not submit a registration card should call Britax at 1-888-427-4829 to obtain a free repair kit. Customers should not return their safety seats to retailers because retailers do not have the remedy kits.

NHTSA advised parents to continue to use the seat while waiting to receive and install the repair kit because it will still provide better protection than an adult seat belt or no restraint.

For more information, owners can call Britax or write to Britax Child Safety, Inc., 460-R Greenway Industrial Drive, Fort Mill, S.C. 29708.


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