Britax recalls 14,220 Chaperone Infant Carseats for potential harness adjuster defects


On Friday, January 27, 2012, Britax announced a voluntary recall of all Chaperone infant carseats manufactured between September 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011.  The model numbers included in the recall are E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L and E9L692M.  All Chaperone infant seats made before 9/1/2010 or after 4/30/2011 are not affected by this potential issue.  However, I recommend that if you own any Chaperone model, that you check the rivet in question regardless of when it was made.  And I don’t say that because I have any info suggesting a larger problem but only because it makes good sense to check once you’re aware of a potential issue.  Also, it should be noted that there was a previous, unrelated recall on certain Chaperone models made from April 2009 through May 2010.  If you have an older Chaperone model – please check to see if it may be included in the previous recall.  Click HERE for more details on the previous recall issue.


 Regarding the current recall:

The rivet used to attach the harness adjuster to the shell may have been improperly
installed. As a result, the harness adjuster may detach from the shell. Should the harness adjuster detach from the infant car seat shell the harness straps will not properly secure the child resulting in increased risk of injury in a vehicle crash.

IF the harness adjuster on your Chaperone Infant Car Seat detaches, please discontinue use of the product immediately and contact our Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829.

To address this issue, BRITAX is providing a remedy kit including a harness adjuster clip and instructions for properly installing it. All Chaperone Infant Car Seat owners should confirm whether their child restraint is affected by verifying the date of manufacture and model number.
No later than February 6, 2012, remedy kits and instructions for using them, will begin shipping to all registered Chaperone Infant Car Seat owners with affected seats.


The white sticker label with the model number and DOM (Date of Manufacturer) is located on the underside of the seat.


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Coming Soon to a Turbo near you!


The Graco Turbo backless received a “Check Fit” rating by the IIHS in recent testing.  Graco identifed a simple way to improve the fit of the shoulder belt, resulting in what should be a Best or Good rating once retested.  This fix involves the included shoulder belt guide strap.  Instead of attaching it to the base on the side of the shoulder belt, parents will now attach it in the center using the same method.  This will tend to pull the shoulder belt off the arm, onto the center of the shoulder.  This change will soon be updated in manuals and will likely be retroactive to all Graco Turbo models in backless mode.  In the mean time, it’s something you can easily try to see if it does result in a better fit of the shoulder belt.  I hope you didn’t throw your strap away!

Getting Involved


I don’t know what made me do it. I try to mind my own business most of the time. I mean, sure, I look in other cars to see what carseats are being used–that comes with the territory. But I don’t get involved. I know other techs personally who have had parents go ballistic on them when they’ve offered safety advice in parking lots. Since I don’t know if someone has a weapon in their vehicle and since I often don’t have the time to do an all-out carseat inspection, I simply go about my business. But not the other day.

Perhaps it was the mood I was in or perhaps I was just sick and tired of all of the misuse at my dd’s elementary school (Hah! Misuse would definitely be an improvement over no use, don’t you think?), but on the way home from picking up my dd at school, I’d had enough. Fortunately, our state has a hotline we can call when we see unrestrained kids. My dd and I memorized the vehicle’s license plate number and I called when we got home. This SUV had at least three booster-aged kids in it and one of them was riding unrestrained in the cargo area. The little boy, the youngest, was happily moving about the cargo area even though there were 7 seatbelts available for use. We even had just driven through an accident site–the accident just occurred about a minute or so before we drove through (yep, a red light runner). Mom still didn’t pull over to make sure her kids were safe. So I reported them.

Mom will get a letter in the mail from one of the local police departments educating her on the use of child restraints. It’s fairly innocuous and I’m sure she’ll throw it away thinking that since she did the same thing when she was a kid, her ds will be OK. But hopefully it won’t end up in the trash. Maybe now she’ll know she’s being watched and will do better to make sure her kids are safe. As a parent, I can’t imagine not making the environment my kids are in as safe as possible. The mere act of a hard stop would have inured that boy in some manner and I truly can’t comprehend why he wasn’t restrained.

I don’t know if I’ll call again when I see him unrestrained. I tend not to get involved and tend to be phone-phobic. It’s easier and I’m all for easy. Perhaps, though, calling this one time will have made a difference.