July 11, 2005

NHTSA announces recalls for Combi and Britax child seats

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced safety recalls on Combi USA Inc.’s Avatar Model 8100 and Britax’s Super Elite Model E9031 child safety seats. Previously, the seats were issued a warning by Consumer Reports.

The Avatar seat, which is sold in stores and by authorized Internet dealers, has lower attachment straps that are designed to fasten to permanent LATCH anchor points in a vehicle, and which may detach from them in a collision. The Britax seat, made from April 2001 to August 2002, may have an adjustment tab that sticks in the open position, allowing the seat’s harness to loosen.

Combi USA will send a repair kit to registered owners of the seats; those not registered will need to request one. Until the assembly is replaced, the company advises owners to use the seat with the vehicle’s safety belts only, not with the LATCH system. The company can be reached at 1-800-992-6624 or www.combi-intl.com.

Britax expects to have repair kits available by July 20, 2005 and will send them to registered owners. Until the seat is repaired, the company says that owners may continue to use them but must check to be sure the harness is secure before each use. The company may be reached at 1-800-683-2045 or www.britaxusa.com.

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