Britax Child Safety is recalling about 14,220 Chaperone infant car seats because a defect in the harness adjuster can result in ineffective safety harness straps, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported today.
A defective rivet can cause the harness adjuster to detach from the seat, rendering the safety harness straps used to secure an infant in the seat unable to properly restrain the child.
NHTSA is not aware of any deaths or injuries related to the recall.
The Britax recall affects the following Chaperone infant car seat models:
The harness adjuster is located at the foot of the car seat and can be accessed by lifting the fabric and checking that the adjuster is secured in place by the rivet.
The recalled child safety seats were manufactured from September 2010 through April 2011.
Britax intends to provide consumers and retailers with a remedy kit to ensure the harness adjuster is securely attached by Feb. 6, and will continue to replace seats with detached harness adjusters until that date.
Owners of the recalled car seats whose harness adjuster is detached from the seat are advised to stop using it and contact Britax to have the issue resolved.
Consumers who have a detached harness adjuster or that would like further information about this recall should contact Britax Child Safety at 888-427-4829 or www.britaxusa.com.
For more information and to sign up to receive e-mail alerts about recalls for child safety seats, vehicles, and tires visit www.SaferCar.gov.