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Britax Regent Product “Update”

Britax RegentI just received an announcement from Britax that they will be offering a free product update kit for all Regent car seats manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007. This kit will “enhance the performance” of the Regent seat. Clearly this is not a recall, but Britax is strongly encouraging consumers to utilize this kit, and is also suggesting a modified installation for those who do not yet have the kit. Read on…

In their own words: “Britax has recently modified the Regent product and revised its instructions to now require the long belt-routing method of installation with LATCH, lap-shoulder belt and lap belt, for use with children weighing 22 to 40 pounds, and the short-belt routing method of installation with LATCH, lap-shoulder belt and lap belt for children weighing 40 to 80 pounds. All Regent child restraints manufactured after June 18, 2007 have been produced with this modification.

“The update kit includes a revised user guide, a belt-routing label to be applied over the existing label located on the fabric cover, a longer LATCH connector strap, and adhesive slip-resistant strips.”

They go on to say the following: “According to Britax, the current LATCH connector is acceptable for use in the short belt-routing installation for children weighing 40 to 80 pounds, however the length of the connector will not allow for the long belt-routing LATCH installation for children weighing 22 to 40 pounds. Until the longer LATCH connector is received with the product update kit, consumers are advised to use the long belt-routing method using either the vehicle lap-shoulder belt or vehicle lap-belt for enhanced performance.”

Consumers who have registered their seats with Britax will automatically receive this kit. Those who have not registered should call Britax at (888) 427-4829 or register online at www.britaxusa.com. The update kits will begin shipping on or before July 10, 2007.

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