Royal baby makes debut in car seat made by firm with Fort Mill ties

cmccabe@charlotteobserver.comJuly 25, 2013 

Just minutes after giving the world its first glimpse of a future king, the royal baby was whisked away Tuesday afternoon in a car seat manufactured by Britax Child Safety – a company that has roots in the Charlotte area.

Britax’s North American and South American headquarters sits just across the state line in Fort Mill, S.C.

The car seat, called the Britax Baby-Safe, is priced at 100 euros, or about $135. It isn’t, however, available in North America.

“We are honored to learn that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Britax Baby-Safe as the infant car seat for the new heir to the British throne,” said Jon Chamberlain, president of Britax USA.

In April, Britax’s American headquarters moved to Fort Mill from Charlotte. Now, the company operates in a 500,000-square-foot facility that employs more than 240 people.

The company began in the United Kingdom more than 70 years ago, but entered the U.S. market in 1996.

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