by Marianne Frederick
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced over the weekend that Britax, the manufacturer of children’s car seats, strollers and child and infant restraint systems, will recall approximately 14,220 Chaperone infant and child restraint systems.
The Chaperone Infant and Child Restraint Systems manufactured from September 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 are being recalled because the harness adjuster can detach from the seat. In the event of a crash, the defective harness adjuster could cause serious or fatal injury to a child or infant as the child would not be properly restrained.
According to the NHTSA, the car restraint systems affected by this recall display the model numbers: E9L692J (black/silver), E9L692K (red), E9L692L (“cowmooflage”) and E9L692M (green). The manufacture date and model number are also shown on a label on the car seat.
The company, Britax, will notify owners of the restraint systems and provide free repair kits which owners can install. The recall and mailing of repair kits are expected to begin on or about February 6, 2012. Until February 6, any car seats from which the harness adjuster has become detached will be replaced by Britax. Consumers can locate the harness adjuster at the base of the car seat. Consumers may contact Britax by calling
1-888-427-4829 or visiting the company’s website at http://www.britaxusa.com.
For more information on this particular recall, consumers also may want to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visithttp://www.safercar.gov. When discussing this particular recall with the NHTSA, consumers will want to reference campaign number 12C001000.