Britax has announced a voluntary recall of some convertible car seats because the softer material used on the HUGS pads can be easily chewed and bitten, which poses a choking hazard. The HUGS pads are designed to reduce forward movement in a crash, reducing the risk of injury. The recalled car seats were manufactured with a more pliable material to increase comfort and seat performance.
In the U.S., the Boulevard 70-G3, Pavilion 70-G3 and Advocate 70-G3 convertible car seats manufactured between June 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 with the following model numbers are included in the recall: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y.
In Canada, the Boulevard 65-G3, Pavilion 65-G3, and Advocate 65-G3 convertible car seats manufactured between June 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 with the following model numbers are included: E9LK11A, E9LK11M, E9LK11S, E9LK13P, E9LK13S, E9LK41A, E9LK41Q, E9LK42D, E9LK42Z, E9LK43Q E9LG91A, E9LG93N, E9LG93P, E9LG93X, E9LG93Y.
If you've registered your car seat already, you should receive a repair kit if your seat requires one. If you have not registered your car seat or you have questions about whether or not your seat is recalled, visit britaxconvertiblerecall.com for a registration form and contact information. You can still use your Britax convertible car seat while you wait for the repair kit. If you're concerned that your child may chew on the HUGS pads, you can remove them until you receive the new pads in the repair kit. However, Britax strongly recommends that you put the new HUGS pads on the seat as soon as you receive them.