Britax Decathlon Recalled
My hair is going gray this week, I swear it. A customer gave us a heads-up today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall of the Decathlon. I’m wondering why, in the flurry of e-mails that I’ve received from Britax over the past few days regarding other matters, this wasn’t even mentioned, but perhaps I’m just a bit oversensitive right now.
According to the company’s press release, the issue is this: “Under certain circumstances, when the harness adjuster strap is pulled from an extreme side angle, the bezel may separate from the child restraint shell allowing the adjuster to move out of position inside the shell housing. Under these conditions, caregivers may experience some difficulty while trying to properly harness the child to the restraint.”
Britax has determined that this issue does not pose a safety threat, and no accidents or injuries have been reported. Customers who registered their seats will automatically receive a repair kit in the mail, which consists of a couple of push rivet fasteners which will secure the adjuster to the child restraint. If you have a Decathlon and you have not registered it, contact Britax at 1-800-683-2045 or register the seat online at www.britaxUSA.com.
The recall includes production of the Decathlon from February 12, 2005 through July 31, 2007. Any seat manufactured after August 1, 2007 includes manufacturing changes implemented in response to this recall.
Complete recall details can be found at www.decathlonrecall.com, and repair kits may also be ordered directly from there.