Britax Child Safety, Inc., one of the most highly revered car seat manufacturers in the world, announced a voluntary recall on its Chaperone Infant Car Seat.
The recall involves 17,251 car seats that were built between April 11, 2009, and May 31, 2010.
The recall was instigated after complaints that the Chaperone has chest clips that may break when in use, particularly when being closed.
The sharp edges of the broken clips can cause skin lacerations or a potential choking hazard. This is a manufacturing defect, which made the chest clip too brittle, causing it to potentially break even when used properly in the infant seats.
All Chaperone seats made between April 2009 and May 2010 are included in the recall campaign. This includes Canadian models.
Here are 6 things to know about the recall:
- The recall affects model numbers: E9L69N9 (Moonstone), E9L69P2 (Red Mill), E9L69P3 (Savannah), E9L69P5 (Cowmooflage) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010.
- Britax will provide a free remedy kit that contains a replacement chest clip. An instruction sheet in the remedy kit will provide specific instructions and visuals to aid in installing the replacement chest clip.
- If your chest clip breaks, remove the broken chest clip from the harness along with any fragments. The car seat can continue to be used until the replacement chest clip is installed.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has more information.
- If you are a Britax owner and have registered your car seat with the company, they will automatically be mailing out a replacement clip around November 11.
- If you have not registered your Britax car seat with the company, you can contact them directly at 888-427-4829 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hot line at 888-327-4236.
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