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.
Graco has recalled their pre-2007 Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems (car seat and stroller combinations) because of reports that four children became trapped and died in the strollers between 2003-2005.
You may wonder, as I did: Are they a little slow on the uptake? Last I checked, 2005 was 5 years ago!
According to an interview in the New York Times with Doug McGraw, the president of Graco, at the time of the deaths they decided to focus on educating consumers about strapping in their children instead of recalling the strollers "because of “a strong belief that when used properly with a safety harness, this is a fundamentally safe product.”
It is hard enough to have a kid these days, what with all of the gear that seems to automatically come with them. Add to that they stress of a constant flow of product recalls, and a well-meaning parent could really lose her mind!
Have the safety regulations that were in place when your first child was born completely changed now that you're about to have #2?
For once, a large conglomerate seems to have the consumers' back.