By Susan Schaben
WASHINGTON, DC – A defective rivet that allows the harness adjuster on infant car seats to detach has led Britax Child Safety, Inc. to recall 14,220 car seats Friday, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are no reported deaths or injuries related to the recalled infant car seats, however, the NHTSA is alerting consumers of the potential hazard and asking those with detached harness adjusters to stop using the device and have it repaired.
- Defective Britax seat models are: E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M manufactured from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011.
The defective car seat may lead to improper restraint of the child and the possibility that a child using this car seat could be injured or killed as a result.
Indeed, serious injuries or even death can result if an infant car seat is poorly designed to restrain a child. Ten years ago, a group of parents and their lawyers petitioned Canada-based Dorel Industries to conduct a voluntary recall of 10 million child booster seats after allegations that children were being injured by its Cosco brand booster seats.
Many different brands of car seats have been blamed over the years for serious injuries to children who have been reportedly ejected during rollovers, broke their necks or injured their heads in severe head-on collisions due to poor design of the products.
“Babies and small children are required by law to be in a car seat until they are eight years old in California, but if the seat is defective they are at risk of injury or even death,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Make sure to check for recalls on these important safety devices and have your car seat inspected to ensure it is properly installed.”
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