Parents, take note. If you own a Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat, it may be involved in a safety recall. Car seat maker Britax is conducting a safety recall of 14,220 Chaperone Infant Car Seats sold in the U.S. over concerns about a defect in the harness adjuster.
Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced the recall January 27, 2011 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory. The affected Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seats were produced from September 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011.
Affected Chaperone Infant Car Seat models are:
The safety recall involves a defective rivet that attaches the harness adjuster to the car seat. The problem is that the defective rivet can cause the harness adjuster to detach from the car seat, thus rendering the car seat straps used to secure the infant unable to properly restrain the child.
The NHTSA notice said that the safety agency is unaware of any deaths or injuries related to the issue.
What Britax will do
Britax will provide consumers and retailers with a remedy kit by February 6, 2012. The remedy kit is to ensure that the harness adjuster is securely attached. Britax will continue to replace seats with detached harnesses until that date.
The NHTSA consumer advisory advises parents and caregivers owning one of the affected Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seats whose harness adjuster has detached to stop using the seat immediately and contact Britax for a resolution to the issue.
The harness adjuster is located at the foot of the car seat and can be easily accessed by lifting up the fabric and checking the adjuster to see that it is securely held in place by the rivet.
Owners of affected model number Chaperone Infant Car Seats that have a detached harness or have any questions should contact Britax Child Safety, Inc. at 1-888-427-4829 or go to their website at www.britaxusa.com.
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