October 22, 2003
Britax Super Elite Youth child restraints recalled
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Britax Child Safety, Inc., will conduct
a safety recall of Super Elite youth restraints (Model E9031) manufactured from
April 25, 2001, through Feb. 15, 2002.
Crash tests conducted by NHTSA have demonstrated that forces on certain Super Elite
restraints during a crash could cause the child’s head to move forward further than
allowed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”
Head movement like this in a real crash could result in injury to a child.
Britax will mail a free repair kit along with easy-to-follow installation
instructions to owners who have returned their registration cards. Owners who have
not registered their product should contact Britax’s toll-free number, 1-888-4BRITAX
(1-888-427-4829) or visit Britax’s web site (BritaxUSA.com) to receive the free kit
or to obtain more information.
NHTSA encourages parents to obtain and install the repair kit as soon as possible,
so that the child seat provides adequate protection. If they have no substitute
child safety seat, parents should continue to use the seat while waiting to receive
and install the repair kit because this unrepaired Britax seat will provide better
protection than an adult seat belt or no restraint. Also, owners are encouraged to
mail in the registration card if they have not already done so.