What you need to know:
3.8 million Toddler car seats included in the voluntary recall:
2009 to 2013 model years of the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70
1.8 million Infant car seats which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is insisting be included in the recall:
Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35 and Snugride Click Connect 40
Strap buckles get stuck–making it hard to free a child from the seat.
According to the New York Times:
Britax has just recalled 14, 220 Chaperone car seats models E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M manufactured from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011.
Though no injuries or deaths have been reported, Britax has discovered that many of these contain a defect in the rivet that attaches the harness adjuster to the car seat.
Translation? Defective rivet=harness can detach=child is neither properly restrained in seat nor protected in case of collision
Britax promises to provide a repair kit to affected consumers by February 6th. If you have an affected car seat, beg, borrow or steal an alternate child safety seat until you received your fixer-upper.
Consumers who have a detached harness adjuster or that would like further information about this recall should contact Britax Child Safety, Inc., at (888) 427-4829 or at www.britaxusa.com.