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How safe is your child's car seat?

Recently, parents across the nation were startled after their local news stations reported a massive car seat recall. More than 60,000 seats were included in the recall which led many parents in California to wonder if their child might be in danger as well.

According to news reports, Britax, a well known manufacturer of child safety products, is recalling a large number of its car seats because of a potential choking hazard. Pieces of the padding have become separated from the chest harness and become logged in children's throats after the child has chewed or bitten the soft material on the chest pads. Several parents have already reported that their children have gagged on the padding from the harness in three separate reports to the company.

Though the company told reporters that they have received reports from parents regarding this safety concern, the news portion of the Britax website has remained quiet about the unsafe product.

All models sold after July 2012 are part of the recall. Britax says that they will send consumers replacement kits with pads made from a different material. As always, parents who believe that they may have purchased a product that is part of this recall are encouraged to act immediately by requesting a replacement kit as soon as possible.

Some parents across the state, and others as well, have expressed their frustration over the matter pointing out that these products are supposed to be safe not dangerous. Others have expressed their gratitude to the company for reacting as quickly as they did, one mother even saying, "As long as they're willing to fix it and pay for it to be fixed, then I don't have a problem with that."

Source: KOIN Local, "Child car seat maker recalls 60,000 seats," Jenny Hansson, Nov. 8, 2012

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