Once you click the harness on your child’s car seat, you expect your child to be safe. But if you are one of the 200,000 parents who bought a Britax ClickTight child car seat in the past year, it might not be doing anything at all.
Britax is one of the biggest sellers of child car seats in the United States and Canada. So when Consumer Reports issued a safety alert for the company’s ClickTight child safety seats in March 2015, it had the potential to affect thousands of families. According to Consumer Reports:
As delivered, the Advocate ClickTight seats’ safety harnesses may also not have been installed properly. If the harness is not attached properly, the seat may not function as effectively.
The harness adjuster button stays in the “release” position even after the harness is tightened. The defect renders the harness useless and puts thousands of children at risk.
After confirming the performance of the safety seats with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Britax has now issued a recall for over 200,000 child car seats covering 37 different models with ClickTight harnesses made between August 2014 and July 2015.
The company has emailed all the customers who registered their ClickTight child car seats, and has sent out a lubricant that can be applied to the red harness adjuster button to fix the potential flaw.
But if parents haven’t taken the time to register their child car seat, they might not know about the problem. The defect only affects one percent of all Britax, but new parents may not know whether their seat is affected.
Your child car seat can save your baby from one of a parent’s worst nightmares. A defect in your child’s safety seat can keep it from protecting your child in an accident. When the worst happens, parents will wish they had taken the time to check for recalls. If you know someone who purchased a Britax child safety seat in the past year, tell them to go on the company website to see if their car seat is covered.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team represent the families of children injured in motor vehicle accidents. If your child has suffered a serious injury because of a car crash, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.