THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 7, 2010 --- Health Canada is recalling a car seat with a plastic harness clip that can break, creating sharp edges and posing a choking hazard to young children.
The agency issued a recall on Friday of Chaperone-brand infant car seats manufactured between April 2009 and May of this year.
The manufacturer — Charlotte, N.C.-based Britax Child Safety — has received one complaint in Canada of a piece of a chest clip found in a child’s mouth. It has fielded four complaints in the United States.
About 2,350 of the affected seats — with the model numbers E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and E9L69P5 — were sold in stores across Canada.
Parents with car seats that have the letters “PC” moulded into the back of the plastic chest clip should contact Britax for a repair kit. Car seats with “POM” on the back of the chest clip are not included in the recall.
Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced that it is conducting a safety recall on its CHAPERONE™ Infant Car Seat. The recall includes CHAPERONE Infant Car Seats with Model Numbers of E9L95P2, E9L95P3, E9L95P5, (Sold in Canada) E9L69N9, E9L69P2, E9L69P3, and E9L69P5 (Sold in the US) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010.
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.
To address this issue, BRITAX will provide a free remedy kit that contains a replacement chest clip. An instruction sheet in the remedy kit will provide specific instructions and visuals to aid in installing the replacement chest clip.
All CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat owners should confirm whether their CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat is affected by verifying the car seat model numbers and manufacturing dates: E9L95P2, E9L95P3, E9L95P5, (Sold in Canada) E9L69N9, E9L69P2, E9L69P3, and E9L69P5 (Sold in the US) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010.
If your chest clip breaks, remove the broken chest clip from the harness along with any fragments. The CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat can continue to be used until the replacement chest clip is installed.
For more information, contact the Britax information line, toll free at 1-888-427-4829.
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Health Canada has not received reports of injuries related to these car seats.
Consumers can contact the manufacturer at 1-888-427-4829 or consult www.chaperoneseatrecall.com.