Ottawa, Ontario – Britax Child Safety is recalling 2,350 of its Chaperon Infant Car Seats in Canada, due to an occupant harness chest clip that may break as an infant is secured into the seat. The company will also recall 17,251 seats in the U.S.
Britax said the sharp edges of the broken chest clip create a risk of injury to both the child and/or the caregiver, and can create a choking hazard for the infant. The company has received approximately 400 complaints of broken clips, including reports of three minor scratches to children or caregivers, and one report of a child placing a broken clip component into the mouth.
The company will mail replacement chest clips free of charge to all registered owners and to retailers with current inventory by November 11, 2010. Customers who have not registered their seats with Britax should contact the company to receive a free replacement. Britax said that if the clip is broken, remove it from the harness, along with any fragments found. Consumers can continue to use the seats without the clip until the replacement piece is installed.
For more information, visit Britax.