The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 14,220 child safety seats by Britax Child Safety, Inc. due to a defect in the harness adjuster, which can cause it to detach from the shell of the seat. Consequently the child may not be restrained properly and suffers an increased risk of injury or death in the event of a crash.
The recalled child safety seats were produced from September 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 and include the following Chaperone child restraint system models and colors:
- E9L692J, Black/Silver
- E9L692L, Cowmooflage
- E9L692K, Red
- E9L692M, Green
Britax will notify owners of the recalled child safety seats and provide repair kits at no cost. The recall is expected to begin, and repair kits expected to be mailed, on or about February 6, 2012. If the harness adjuster detaches before this date, the seat will be replaced. For additional information, owners may call Britax at (888) 427-4829, and/or the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.
Defects in products can be the result of a manufacturer’s negligence in using poor quality materials, poor design, or errors in the manufacturing process. If a child suffers injury as the result of such negligence, then the at-fault manufacturer may be held liable for any losses the child and/or the family suffers..
If your child has been injured by a defective child restraint system in New Jersey, or any product, you may have cause to pursue legal action. Contact the dedicated New Jersey car seat defects lawyers at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400 to determine whether your claim may have merit.