Britax Recalls 23,000 Car Seats

Britax Child Safety Inc., of Charlotte, North Carolina just issued a recall of about 23,000 <"">Chaperone Infant Car Seats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The harness chest clip can break and pose a laceration hazard. Due to its small size it also poses a choking hazard. To date, the firm has received four reports of the chest clip breaking. Injuries from three reports included minor lacerations and scratches to arms and a finger; and one report involved an infant placing the clip in his mouth.

This recall involves Chaperone infant car seats with model numbers E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3, E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), and E9L69N9 (Moonstone) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. The white serial label with the seat’s serial number, model number, and manufacture date can be found on the underside of the car seat.

The recalled Britax infant seats, which were manufactured in China, were sold at mass and independent retailers nationwide and on the Britax website from June 2009 to October 2010 for about $230.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately contact Britax for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement chest clip. Registered owners have been directly contacted by Britax.

Significantly, this product was also recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That Recall Notice can be accessed at:

Britax can be reached, toll-free, at (888) 427-4829 anytime, or at the firm’s website at

The NHTSA can be reached at its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline, toll-free, at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or its website at

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