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Recall - Britax Convertible Infant / Child Car Seats

Web posted on November 10, 2012

The recalled products are identified as Britax Convertible Infant/Child Car Seats - Boulevard 65-G3, Pavilion 65-G3 and Advocate 65-G3. The recal is issued by Britax Child Safety, Inc., as announced by Transport Canada.

The recalled products were manufactured in the united States by Britax Child Safety Inc of Charlotte, North Carolina and imported through Britax Child Safety Ltd of Saint John, New Brunswick.

This recall involves the following Britax convertible infant/child car seats manufactured between June 1, 2012 and November 2012. Approximately 4,812 of the recalled car seats were sold in Canada.

Models Model Numbers
Boulevard 65-G3E9LK11A (Onyx)
E9LK11M (Caitlin)
E9LK11S (Silver Birch)
E9LK13P (Zebra)
E9LK13S (Aztec)
Pavilion 65-G3 E9LK41A (Onyx)
E9LK41Q (Cowmooflage)
E9LK42D (Blueprint)
E9LK42Z (Sophia)
E9LK43Q (Biscotti)
Advocate 65-G3E9LG91A (Onyx)
E9LG93N (Serene)
E9LG93P (Zebra)
E9LG93X (Opus Gray)
E9LG93Y (Anna)

HUGSTM (Harness Ultra-Guard System) chest pads are affixed to the seat shell to ensure proper positioning and provide resistance to the forward movement of your child in a crash, reducing the risk of head injury. The affected car seats were manufactured with this enhanced harness system that incorporated a softer more pliable, non-toxic HUGSTM pad intended to provide increased performance and comfort. Britax has received reports that some children bite or chew on the pads and have bitten off small pieces of the pads, which could present a choking hazard, especially in infants.

Britax has received a total of three reports in the U.S. that children have bitten off and gagged on small pieces of the pads. No similar reports have been received to date from Canadian consumers by Britax or Transport Canada. No reports of injury or harm have been received.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries associated with the use of these affected car seats.

All registered owners and retail outlets with affected car seats will be sent a letter explaining the situation, and a remedy kit. The remedy kit contains two replacement HUGSTM pads that are made from a firmer, more durable material that will not break apart when children chew or bite the HUGSTM pads, as well as an instruction sheet for replacing the pads.

Non-registered owners of affected car seats, or owners who have moved, should contact Britax Child Safety, Inc. Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-888-427-4829 to receive a repair kit free of charge. Detailed instructions concerning this notice are also available online.

Britax indicates that until the remedy kit is received and the replacement HUGSTM pads have been installed, the HUGSTM pads can be removed so as to eliminate the hazard and the car seat can be safely used without HUGSTM pads, but extra care should be given to proper harness tensioning.

Once the remedy kit is received, the replacement HUGSTM pads should be installed in accordance with the instructions so as to ensure maximum performance of the car seat. The affected car seats should not be returned to the retailer.

Consumers may also contact Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371 or view the release onTransport Canada's website.

For more information on this or other Health Canada consumer product advisories, warnings, and recalls, visit the website at

To report consumer product incidents to Health Canada, visit the website for reporting instructions.

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