Britax Child Safety, Inc., is announcing a recall of 17,251 Chaperon Infant Car Seats sold in the United States because the occupant harness chest clip may break as an infant is being secured into the car seat. Britax is also recalling 2,350 of the same seats sold in Canada.
It was recently determined that the chest clip supplied with the Chaperone Infant Car Seat was incorrectly produced by the manufacturer which resulted in a more brittle chest clip than was intended. As a result, the chest clip which positions the harness straps across the infant’s shoulders may break when the chest clip is
engaged as the infant is secured into the infant car seat. The sharp edges of the broken chest clip create a risk of a skin laceration and the fractured components of the chest clip may present a small parts/choking hazard.
The car seat manufacturer said it had approximately 400 complaints of broken chest clips, including reports of three minor injuries (scratches) to children or caregivers, and one report of a child placing a broken component of a chest clip into the mouth.
All CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat owners should confirm whether their CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat is affected by verifying the car seat model numbers and manufacturing dates: E9L95P2, E9L95P3, E9L95P5, E9L69N9 (Sold in the US) , E9L69P2, E9L69P3, E9L69P5 (Sold in Canada); Manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010.
If your chest clip breaks, remove the broken chest clip from the harness along with any fragments. The CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat can continue to be used until the replacement chest clip is installed.
Britax said it would mail replacement chest clips free of charge to all registered owners and to retailers with current inventory by November 11, 2010. Consumers who have not registered their car seat with Britax should contact Britax to receive a free replacement chest clip.
Consumers wishing to get further information about this recall, or order the free replacement chest clip should contact Britax Child Safety, Inc., at (888) 427-4829 or at www.chaperoneseatrecall.com
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