Important Safety Information on Britax Roundabout, Graco ComfortSport, and Graco SnugRide Children's Restraint Systems



    OTTAWA, Dec. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Transport Canada is advising the public of
safety issues with respect to the vehicle children's restraint systems listed
below. These recalls will affect a total of 12,222 units. The following models
are affected:

    
        - Britax Roundabout: E9L16
        - Graco ComfortSport: 8C03WCFCA
        - Graco SnugRide: 8643CDRCA3, 8645SNY3CA, 8F00GLNCA3, 8F08PWCCA3,
          8F01FORCA3
    

    Britax Canadian Roundabout Infant/Child Restraint System: Labels

    Issue and Safety Risk: As a result of an internal audit, Britax Child
Safety, Inc. ("Britax") has found that certain restraint systems manufactured
fail to comply with the labelling requirements of the Canadian Motor Vehicle
Restraint Systems and Booster Cushions Safety Regulations. The labels on the
affected units do not provide all information and warnings in English, as
required by the regulations.

    Company Action and Consumer Recourse: Britax will provide a free label
replacement kit and detailed instructions to all registered owners beginning
December 18, 2007. After December 18, 2007, consumers that have an affected
Roundabout and have not registered their restraint system should contact
Britax at 1-800-683-2045. To verify product registration and order a repair
kit online, visit www.BritaxUSA.com.

    Until the non-compliant labels are replaced, the restraint system can
continue to be used in accordance with the instructions found in the manual.
The affected restraint systems should not be returned to the Britax retailer.

    Graco ComfortSport Infant/Child Restraint System: UAS Belt Routing

    Issue and Safety Risk: During the assembly process, the Universal
Anchorage System (UAS) belt in some of these restraint systems may have been
routed incorrectly. As a result, when these restraint systems are installed in
the rear-facing mode with the UAS belt, they may rotate more than is
permissible in a frontal crash. This increased rotation may increase the risk
of injury to the child occupant of the restraint system. To date, no injuries
have been reported related to this issue.

    The ComfortSport is sold to the consumer with the harness and the UAS
belt configured as a rear-facing seat. If the restraint system is initially
used in the rear-facing mode with the UAS belt, the belt may be incorrectly
routed and this situation may go undetected. However, when it is converted to
a forward-facing seat, the parent or caregiver must change the routing of the
UAS belt as instructed. When reconfigured to forward facing in this manner,
the problem is resolved.

    Company Action and Consumer Recourse: Graco modified assembly and quality
control procedures to prevent a recurrence of the UAS belt routing issue. Elfe
Juvenile Products ("Elfe"), the Canadian importer and distributor of this
product, is conducting a safety advisory program to alert consumers of the
issue. Elfe will also provide to registered owners detailed instructions for
examining and, if necessary, reconfiguring the UAS belt routing. Consumers
should not return the affected units to a retailer. Consumers who have not
completed and returned the registration card should register their Graco
ComfortSport online at www.graco.net or by contacting Elfe at 1-800-667-8184.
    Parents and caregivers should not use the restraint system in the
rear-facing mode with the UAS belt until the belt routing has been inspected
and, if necessary, corrected. The vehicle seat belt can be used instead of the
UAS belt in the meantime.
    Consumers who have routed their UAS belt according to the instruction
manual for use in the forward-facing mode are not affected by this safety
advisory.

    Graco SnugRide Infant Restraint System: Seat Pad Replacement

    Issue and Safety Risk: Graco Children's Products Inc. ("Graco") shipped
10,828 stand-alone SnugRide infant restraint systems into Canada that could
present a potential choking hazard. These standalone restraint systems have
less dense backing material for the seat pad combined with a seat pad design
that may allow children to access the fiber fill in the seat pad itself. This
does not affect the ability of the infant restraint system to protect a child
in the case of a motor vehicle crash.

    This notice does not affect SnugRide models sold as a travel system. A
travel system includes a stroller, an infant car seat, and a car seat base.

    Company Action and Consumer Recourse: Following an investigation into an
increase in U.S. consumer complaints, Graco increased the density of the
backing material used in these seats manufactured in its Macedonia, Ohio
facility beginning in June 2007. Graco also modified assembly and quality
control procedures to prevent a recurrence of this issue. Elfe Juvenile
Products, the Canadian importer and distributor of this product, is conducting
a safety advisory program to alert consumers of the issue. They will also
provide kits that include a replacement seat pad to registered owners of the
identified models of SnugRide. Consumers who have not registered their infant
restraint system or require assistance should contact Elfe Juvenile Products
at 1-800-667-8184. Consumers should not return the affected units to a
retailer.

    Public information notices were issued by Transport Canada on December
14, 2007, and further information on Britax Roundabout, Graco ComfortSport,
and Graco SnugRide Children's Restraint Systems can be found on Transport
Canada's website at:

    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/childsafety/notices/TP14566P/2007p08/menu.htm
    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/childsafety/notices/TP14566P/2007p07/menu.htm
    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/childsafety/notices/TP14566P/2007p06/menu.htm




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, Transport Canada, (613)
993-0055


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