Britax has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 14,220 Chaperone Infant Car Seats in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of a defect in the harness adjuster. The NHTSA is unaware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue.
This recall affects seat models E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M manufactured from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. Britax has determined that the rivet used to attach the harness adjuster (which is located at the foot of the car seat) to the shell may have been improperly installed. The defective rivet can cause the harness adjuster to detach from the seat, which in turn can make the safety harness straps used to secure an infant in the seat unable to properly restrain the baby and ultimately increase the risk of injury in a vehicle crash.
The company plans to provide consumers and retailers with a remedy kit to ensure that the harness adjuster is securely attached by February 6, 2012 and will continue to replace seats with detached harness adjusters until then.