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November 15, 2012 / Narine Khngikyan

Britax Car Seats Recalled due to Choking Hazard

Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling 55,455 convertible car seats after reports of children biting and gagging on pieces of the “HUGS” pads were reported. The HUGS chest pads are connected to the car seat’s harness straps and reduce forward movement in the event of a crash.

Britaz Child Safety Inc. first filed the report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  In the report, Britax warned that if the child bites off a piece of the pad, it may pose a serious choking hazard that can result in injury or death. The three models affected by this recall are , Advocate 70-G3, and Pavilion 70-G3. All models were manufactured from June 2012 through August 2012 and sold nationwide. A list of product numbers and UPC codes are available here.

To address the issue, Britax is providing consumers with a kit containing more durable replacement pads that can be installed on the harness straps. Consumers can continue to use the child seat without HUGS pads until the replacement pads have been installed.

If you have purchased a product and suspect that the product poses health or safety hazards, contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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