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Harness Flaw Prompts Britax To Recall Child Restraints

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Britax Child Safety – maker of child-safety seats and restraints – is recalling certain Chaperone restraint systems for infants because the harness adjusters may detach.

The recall includes 14,200 seats sold in the United States and 3,600 seats sold in Canada. According to documents filed with the NHTSA, the company said the affected seats were made from Sept. 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 and have the following model numbers: E9L692J (black/silver), E9L692K (red), E9L692L (cow pattern) and E9L692M (green).

To date, Britax has received 57 reports of the seat-harness adjusters breaking away but no injuries have been reported. The adjusters are used to tighten or loosen the belts that hold the child in the seat. Should the harness break, it can keep the child from being properly restrained in a crash.

The company will begin notifying owners of the recall and provide free repair kits on or after February 6. Until then, customers can contact Britax by calling 888-427-4829 for more information. If the harness adjuster has already detached from the seat, stop using the seat immediately.

The recall comes about nine months after Britax made a manufacturing change to correct the defect.