Britax recalls car seats over breaking clip

Britax car seat recall 2010Britax is recalling its pricey Chaperone infant car seats after three children suffered cuts when the chest harness clip broke, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Because the part is also small, the government is warning that it can also pose a choking hazard to the infants using the seats. Britax Child Safety told the CPSC that it received four reports of the clip breaking.

About 23,000 of the Chinese-made car seats were sold between April 2009 and May 2010 for about $230. The following models are included in the recall: E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3 (Savannah), E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), and E9L69N9 (Moonstone). The number can can found where the arrow is pointing in the photo above.

If you have one of the recalled car seats, contact Britax to get a free repair kits with a new chest clip. Britax said it has already contacted registered owners of the car seats. The CPSC and safety advocates have long advocated product registration as a means of ensuring consumers find out they have a defective product.

Consumers can call Britax at (888) 427-4829 anytime, or visit the Britax recall site. Britax also maintains a full list of all their recalls.

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