23,000 Britax Chaperone infant car seats recalled due to defective clip.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Britax Child Safety Inc. issued a voluntary recall of over 23,000 car seats today. The affected model is the Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat. The information on CPSC's notice indicates that the recall is for Chaperone Infant car seats that were sold between June 2009 and October 2010 (and that were manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010, according the Britax website). Britax posted information about the recall on its website. The problem is related to an incorrectly manufactured chest clip:
Britax Child Safety, Inc. 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 CPSC determined this was a laceration and choking hazard after receiving four reports of broken clips. In three, minor lacerations occurred and in the fourth, an infant placed a broken piece in his/her mouth. No serious injuries were reported. Britax is providing free replacement kits for all affected models, which include the following: E9L95P2, E9L95P3, E9L95P5, E9L69N9 (Sold in the US) , E9L69P2, E9L69P3, E9L69P5 (Sold in Canada); Manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. You can register for the recall. You can also call Britax for additional information -- 1.888.427.4829