Britax child safety seats recalled for flaw in harness

Britax Child Safety is recalling nearly 15,000 child safety seats in the U.S. for a defect in the shoulder harness which may lead to the harness not holding the child. The recall affects an additional 3,600 seats in Canada. Britax has received 57 complaints from the United States and three from Canada since March 2011.

The recall affects the CHAPERONE model infant car seat, manufactured between September 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011, for model numbers E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M. According to a news release from the company, on the Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat, the rivet used to attach the harness adjuster to the shell may have been improperly installed. As a result, the harness adjuster may detach from the shell. If this occurs, the harness straps will not properly secure the child, posing a risk of injury to the child in the event of a crash.

Consumers are advised to discontinue use of the Chaperone Infant Car Seat and contact the Britax Customer Service department at 1-888-427-4829. Britax is providing a remedy kit including a harness adjuster clip and instructions for properly installing it. Britax will begin shipping remedy kits and instructions for using them to all registered Chaperone Infant Car Seat owners with affected seats no later than Feb. 6, 2012.

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