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Company recalling more than 14,000 child seats

Defective rivet for harness adjuster involved

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently alerted consumers to a recall of child safety seats by Britax Child Safety, Inc., according to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Derrell Lyles said the recall involves 14,220 “Chaperone” infant car seats that have a harness adjuster problem. The harness adjuster is located at the foot of the car seat, and it can be accessed by lifting the fabric, and ensuring that it is secured in place by the rivet, he said.

Though the Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not aware of any deaths or injuries due to this defect, it can result in ineffective safety harness straps, Lyles explained.

These Britax Child Safety seats are sold in the U.S., he said, and include the following models: E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M, manufactured from Sept. 1, 2010, to April 30, 2011.

The recall “is intended to address a defective rivet that attaches the harness adjuster to the car seat,” said Lyles. “The defective rivet can cause the harness adjuster to detach from the seat ... ”

Lyles said that — by Feb. 6 — Britax Child Safety, Inc., will give consumers and retailers a remedy kit to assure that the harness adjuster is firmly attached. It will also keep replacing seats with detached harnesses until that date, he added.

Car-seat owners with this problem should immediately stop using the product and contact Britax to solve the issue, at 1-888-427-4829, said Lyles.