NC (August 17, 2007) – Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced today that
it is conducting a safety recall on the Decathlon child restraint,
Model Number E9L47. The recall includes production of the Decathlon
from February 12, 2005 through July 31, 2007.

Under certain
circumstances, when the harness adjuster strap is pulled from an
extreme side angle, the bezel may separate from the child restraint
shell allowing the adjuster to move out of position inside the shell
housing. Under these conditions, caregivers may experience some
difficulty while trying to properly harness the child to the restraint.

product testing has determined that there is no risk of the adjuster
and bezel separating from the child restraint while the harness is
properly positioned and the child is snugly secured during transit.
There have been no reported accidents or injuries.

To address
this issue, Britax will send all owners two push rivet fasteners to
secure the adjuster to the child restraint. This quick modification
will prevent the possibility of having the adjuster move out of
position inside of the shell housing. Registered owners of the
Decathlon child restraint will automatically be notified and sent
complete instructions and push rivet fasteners by mail beginning August
17, 2007. To assist in this process video instructions are available on
the Britax website, at  The modification will take less than five minutes to complete.

the push rivet fasteners are received and installed, this child
restraint is safe to use as long as the bezel is securely positioned
within the child restraint. Britax recommends that caregivers pull the
harness adjuster strap straight out from the restraint and parallel to
the ground when tightening the harness to secure the child. This will
minimize the chance of the bezel separating from the child restraint.
Should the bezel become loose, consumers should contact Britax.

child restraints manufactured from February 12, 2005 through July 31,
2007 are affected by this recall. The date of manufacturer and model
number may be found on the white label located near the top of the
restraint on the child’s left hand side under the cover.

of the Decathlon that have not registered their product should contact
the Britax information line, toll free at 1-800-683-2045 or register
online at Consumers may also order repair kits online at

if the restraint is operating normally, all owners of this restraint
are strongly advised to make the required modification once the
fasteners are received.

Britax has made manufacturing changes that resolve this issue in Decathlon restraints manufactured after August 1, 2007.

For more information, contact the Britax information line, 1-800-683-2045.