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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Britax Child Safety, Inc. to Recall "Companion" Child Safety Seats

Flaw in Design Found in 2003-2004 Models

Britax Child Safety, Inc., maker of the "Companion" rear-facing, infant-only child safety seat (Model E9L14), is conducting a safety recall campaign, starting September 29, 2006. The recall is for seats produced from October 31, 2003, through June 6, 2004.

Tabs found on the bottom of the carrier may not be properly seated, due to improper assembly of the infant carriers. Therefore, these child restraints do not measure up to the dynamic test requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." Should the restraint be involved in an auto accident, the carrier would rotate beyond the limit required by the standard, potentially causing serious injury or even death to the child.

All registered owners will be contacted by Britax and be asked to examine the bottom of the carrier. The company will provide directions on how this inspection should be carried out.

Britax will replace the carrier and the base at no charge to the consumer if the safety seat was assembled incorrectly. Owners may continue using the carrier without the base until they receive a new restraint system. Instructions on installing the carrier in the car without the base can be found in the product users' guide. An installation guide is also available online at Owners may contact Britax’s toll-free number at 1-888-427-4829.

The Britax recall number for this campaign is BCS #090601. People with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign should contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to

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