Britax Recalling Chaperone Infant Car Seats Due to Harness Clip

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In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Britax Child Safety Inc, based in Charlotte NC, is recalling certain models of its Chaperone infant car seats because the harness chest clip can break and pose a laceration hazard. The clip is also a choking risk because of its small size. Four reports have been received by the company of broken clips with minor injuries in three of the cases.

About 23,000 of the infant car seats are involved in the recall. These were manufactured in China and sold at mass and independent retailers nationwide between June 2009 and October 2010. They were also available through the Britax website and retailed for about $230.

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The clips are reported to have been “improperly produced” and resulted in a product that was “more brittle than intended.” Three children were reported to have minor lacerations and scratches to the arms and fingers. One report involved an infant placing the clip in his mouth.

The specific model numbers included in the recall are:
E9L69N9 “Moonstone”
E9L69P2 “Red Mill”
E9L69P3 “Savannah”
E9L69P5 “Cowmooflage”

Registered owners of the infant car seats have already been directly contacted by Britx. Non-registered consumers should contact Britax for a free repair kit which includes a replacement chest clip by calling 888-427-4829 or visiting the company website at www.britax.com.

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