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Britax recalls more than 200,000 car seats

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Find out what you need to know about the huge Britax car seat recall

Britax is recalling 37 car seat models, including the Advocate ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight and Marathon ClickTight model convertible car seats, over issues with the harness adjustor button.

If you own one of the "ClickTight" Britax car seats manufactured between Aug. 1, 2014 and July 29, 2015 then you may be affected by the huge recall which affects over 200,000 car seats.

Britax has determined that the harness adjustor button has been getting stuck in a release position, which allows the straps to become loose when your child moves. These loose straps may not protect your child or keep them contained as needed in case of an accident.

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How can you tell if your seat is included in the recall? Look for the model number under the front corner of the seat, as pictured below.

Find out what you need to know about the huge Britax car seat recall

Image: Britax

Here are the model numbers affected:

USA:

E9LT95Q, E9LT95Z, E9LT95N, E1A025Q, E9LT86F, E1A135Q, E9LT86G, E9LT85Q, E9LT86A, E9LT86H, E9LT85S, E1A015Q, E1A016A, E1A016H, E1A166F, E9LT87J, E1A116L, E9LT76P, E9LT71Q, E9LT76N, E9LT76B, E9LT75R, E9LT76L, E1A006B, E1A005R

Canada:

E9LV31Q, E9LV35R, E9LV36B, E9LV36L, E9LV36N, E9LV45Q, E9LV45S, E9LV46A, E9LV46H, E9LV55N, E9LV55Q, E9LV55Z

You can also visit this website to determine if your seat is recalled and to register your car seat to receive the remedy kit.

Prefer the phone? Call Britax customer service at 1-888-427-4829 (option 3) or email Britax.Recall@britax.com.

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Once you determine your seat is recalled, Britax will mail you a free "remedy kit" within 7-10 business days, which will have a non-toxic food-grade lubricant, a label indicating the correction has been completed and an instruction sheet for correctly applying the lubricant to the harness adjuster button correctly.

While you wait for your remedy kit, should you continue to use your car seat? Britax makes this suggestion:

"If a consumer confirms that their harness straps remain securely tensioned, they can continue to use their car seat until their remedy kit arrives. If an owner cannot get the shoulder straps to remain in place, then Britax recommends against using the car seat until the lubricant has been applied."

Watch this video for more instructions on determining if your car seat is recalled:

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