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Britax Decathlon Recalled

DecathlonMy hair is going gray this week, I swear it. A customer gave us a heads-up today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall of the Decathlon. I’m wondering why, in the flurry of e-mails that I’ve received from Britax over the past few days regarding other matters, this wasn’t even mentioned, but perhaps I’m just a bit oversensitive right now.

According to the company’s press release, the issue is this: “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.”

Britax has determined that this issue does not pose a safety threat, and no accidents or injuries have been reported. Customers who registered their seats will automatically receive a repair kit in the mail, which consists of a couple of push rivet fasteners which will secure the adjuster to the child restraint. If you have a Decathlon and you have not registered it, contact Britax at 1-800-683-2045 or register the seat online at

The recall includes production of the Decathlon from February 12, 2005 through July 31, 2007. Any seat manufactured after August 1, 2007 includes manufacturing changes implemented in response to this recall.

Complete recall details can be found at, and repair kits may also be ordered directly from there.


  1. WRT the Britax recall, how was it that the original seats just happened to have the holes to accept the push-rivet fasteners? Obviously, they must have considered these parts in the original manufacture of the seat, but maybe decided they were not necessary and thus excluded them from production to save costs–or perhaps it was an oversight that they were not installed. Perhaps the rivets were required in other countries that had stricter safety standards. Does anybody have more information?

  2. Wow – that’s a great question. I will refer that to someone at Britax and see if we can get an answer.

  3. I got this response from my sales rep at Britax. I think this answers Tony’s question.

    “If you are inquiring about the two holes in the Decathlon shell not being used previously to the recent rework the answer is easy to explain. The Decathlon was designed off the Marathon shell which on the blueprints has the two holes. The Marathon has the adjuster lever whereas the Decathlon uses the push button adjuster. On the Marathon the two holes are utilized to secure the adjuster and on the Decathlon the bezel housing secures the push button adjuster. If you look at the underside of the Marathon you see the two holes with rivets holding the adjuster. The two holes were never omitted from the final Decathlon production drawing and blueprints.”

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