11/04/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Charlotte, NC—Britax Child Safety Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntarily recalled Chaperone Infant car seats due to laceration and choking hazards they pose. The CPSC announced the product safety recall, which affects approximately 23,000 units, on Thursday, November 4, 2010.

Britax initiated the defective product recall upon discovering that the car seats’ harness chest clip can break, leaving children vulnerable to lacerations. The small harness chest clips can also pose choking hazards.

The Charlotte-based company has received word of four incidents in which the product’s chest clip broke. Of those occurrences, three kids apparently sustained minor lacerations and scrapes on their arms and a finger. The company also received one report of an infant sticking the small clip in his mouth.

According to the CPSC news release, “This recall involves Chaperone infant car seats with model numbers E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3, E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), 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 car seats were made available for purchase at mass and independent retailers nationwide, as well as on Britax’s Web site between June 2009 and October 2010. The product sold for about $230.

Consumers have been urged to contact Britax to obtain a complimentary repair kit, which includes a replacement chest clip. Britax has contacted registered owners directly, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall notice of its own (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=10C006000&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=rss).

Consumers with questions or concerns have been advised to contact Britax via telephone at (888) 427-4829, or online at www.britax.com.

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