Britax chaperone car seat

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  • True Side Impact Protection offers a head restraint creating an extra layer of energy-absorbing foam, keeping the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, and deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body
  • Anti-Rebound Bar (on base, included with seat) stabilizes child seat by minimizing rotational forces associated with front and rear collisions
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
  • Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner (EPS) absorbs and distributes crash forces
  • 30-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort through the first years
  • Large Multiple Position Canopy blocks wind, rain, and harmful UV rays from baby’s sensitive skin
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
  • Plush, Premium Cover Set with matching belly pad provides extra comfort
  • Stroller Compatible Design works with BRITAX B-READY, B-NIMBLE, B-SCENE, B-AGILE strollers, using the integrated CLICK & GO adapter system, and CHAPERONE stroller to create a convenient travel system. Also compatible with other major stroller brands when used with BRITAX adapter strap (included).
  • Ergonomic Carry-Handle designed to contour to forearm to allow for more comfortable carrying of child in car seat
  • Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps
  • Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
  • Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
  • Front Harness Adjuster provides effortless front adjustment when loosening the harness system
  • Easy-to-Read Level Indicators provide quick reference for proper angle of recline
  • Easy-to-Install Seat-to-Base Design self-guides car seat into proper locked position
  • Easy-to-Install Base with LATCH Connector Storage (Included)
  • Height Adjustment Knob (on base) for proper seat angle and positioning
  • Low Birth Weight Foam Insert to be used for infants weighing 4 – 11 pounds to achieve a snug harness fit
  • Certified for Aircraft Travel

CPSDarren October 30, 2010

The chest clip in question was produced by a supplier to the manufacturer in China (Lerado) that assembles the Chaperone. Chest clips in models made after May, 2010, were supplied using a different material. Infant seats from most brands today all seem to be outsourced for manufacturing to companies in China. As we have seen from recalls on toys and other childrens products, it seems that it is more difficult to deal with supplier quality issues when there are layers of companies contracted to do assembly in Asia, where laws and regulations are far more lax in some countries than in North America and Western Europe. Though this recall may be a relatively minor issue, in my opinion, I do hope the next one won’t be more serious. I do commend Britax for assembling all their convertible and combination models in the USA with primary components like the harness systems supplied by respectable domestic vendors like IMMI (The Chaperone uses an IMMI sourced harness system, too, but the chest clip is not supplied by IMMI). A quality problem that affects a primary safety item like a carseat is of a much larger concern than one with other types of products like consumer electronics, for example. Last year’s recall of the Mia Moda Viva product line apparently involved the same assembly company, though not necessarily the same third party supplier of the chest clip. I think this underscores the potential for future issues and is why I try to mention the manufacturing location in my past reviews.

Britax Chaperone infant restraint – chest clip breakage

From: Transport Canada

TP 14566 – Public Notice
Child Restraint Systems
2010-P05 E
November 3, 2010

Road Safety
Information: 1-800-333-0371

Consumer Contact:
1-888-427-4829

Media Contact:
Demetra Bernard 704-409-1687

Model and Model Numbers Affected:
Chaperone E9L95P2, E9L95P3 and E9L95P5

Dates of Manufacture:
April 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010 inclusive

Number of Units:
2,350

Geographic Distribution:
Across Canada

Issue:

Britax Child Safety, Inc. has informed Transport Canada of a potential safety defect with respect to breakage of some of their chest clips manufactured for the Chaperone infant restraint. The resin used in the manufacturing process of the chest clips was incorrectly processed which resulted in a more brittle chest clip. Although the chest clip is not a regulated component of children’s restraint systems, due to the number of complaints received by the company in the United States, Britax is recalling the chest clip.

Safety Risk:

In the event of breakage, the sharp edges of the chest clip could injure an infant. In addition, one complaint received by the company stated that a fragment of a chest clip was found in the mouth of an infant. Therefore, there may be a risk of choking if a fragment of a chest clip was ingested.

Background and Company Action:

Britax Child Safety, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of this product in both the United States and Canada. The company has replaced approximately 400 chest clips in response to consumer requests. There have been three reports of scratches and one report of a fragment being found in the mouth of an infant. All four of these complaints originated in the United States. Transport Canada has received no related reports of chest clip breakage or injury to an infant as a result of this defect.

Once the problem was identified, Britax Child Safety, Inc. changed the material used in the chest clip. The company has tested the new chest clip and the company is satisfied with its performance.

Consumer Recourse:

To identify if the chest clip is subject to the recall, flip the chest clip over and look for a moulding stating “PC” (polycarbonate plastic). If such moulding is present, then contact the company. If the moulding states “POM” (polyoxymethylene plastic) then the chest clip is not affected by the recall.

All owners of affected Chaperone infant restraints should contact Britax Child Safety, Inc. at their toll free number (1-888-427-4829) or visit www.ChaperoneSeatRecall.com to receive, free of charge, a new chest clip, as well as installation instructions. Restraints that are still with retailers will be retrofitted prior to sale.

Until the repair kit is received, Britax Child Safety, Inc. recommends that the Chaperone infant restraint can continue to be used, but urges parents and caregivers to regularly verify that the chest clip is intact.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: November 3, 2010

Date modified: 2019-01-30

Having owned and traveled with other Britax car seats in the past, I was very happy to be invited by Britax to review their newest infant car seat, the Chaperone, and give one away to a lucky reader ().

As you’d expect, the Chaperone infant carrier car seat offers superior safety protection features that are synonymous with the Britax brand, and like many competing models it offers higher upper weight and height limits to help parents make the most of the investment, in this case $229 retail.

What I couldn’t help but notice right away was the incredibly solid base for the car seat that left no question whether the car seat clicked into it would be secure–as I’ve wondered at times using thinner plastic bases with other car seats. With the anti-rebound bar and easy twist level adjustment, the car seat snugged right into place easily.

As with all Britax seats, I also appreciate the seatbelt lock-offs that help any belted installation feel that much more secure–even when traveling in an unfamiliar car with older seatbelts (taxi!). However, in this case the lock-offs are on the base only, as is that great anti-rebound bar. Since travel with car seats encompasses road trips as well as air travel, I’ve reviewed the seat with both modes of transport in mind.

The Britax Chaperone at a glance:

  • Rear-facing only, 4 to 30 lbs.
  • Up to 32″ tall or 30 lbs.
  • FAA-certified for flying
  • Car seat can travel without base
  • Anti-rebound bar on base
  • Base Weighs 10 lbs.
  • Car seat alone weighs 10 lbs.
  • 18″W (at outset of carrying handle) x 17.8″H x 27″D without base
  • 18″W x 24″H x 29.75″ D on base (including raised canopy)

Great everyday features I like:

  • Seatbelt lock-off plate for extra security and stability
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Heavy-duty base (10 lbs.)
  • Carry handle can be left in any position during drive
  • Push-button LATCH clips
  • Recline knob on base just twists for adjustment while seat is in place
  • Extremely easy-to-use no re-thread harness and headrest with 7 height adjustments for a perfect fit.

Travel-friendly features:

Travels without the base – One of the great advantages of traveling with an infant carrier car seat over convertible / toddler car seats is the ease of having your baby pre-buckled into his car seat’s 5-point harness as you board and deplane aircraft, and load and unload from cars, shuttles, and taxis (you can also do this with the convertible Sit N Stroll). I don’t recommend infant carrier car seats that cannot be used without the base for travel, and where this base weighs in at a hefty 10 lbs. (same as the seat itself), I think most anyone would prefer air travel without it.

Generous canopy – I noticed right away that the Chaperone’s canopy extended more than those on most competing infant car seats. It offers good coverage for rainy waits at the taxi queue as well as sun protection in the car during road trips. Better still, it will help keep airplane reading lights and turbulent air vents from disturbing baby’s slumber in flight.

Level indicator on seat, not base – Since most parents will take the seat on trips by airplane without its base, and will be installing the car seat quickly in some other vehicle with differently shaped seats, it’s nice that the level is on the seat itself for easy reference when you might need it most. (Let’s face it, you probably won’t have much use for the level at home after you’ve installed the base properly in your own car.)

True Side Impact Protection – Not only does the extra shielding provided by this layer (the off-white supports around the head) offer excellent protection for the head, neck, and spine, but it also helps cradle the baby’s head and minimize nap-squelching rocking and “bobble head” on windy mountain roads without the need of extra add-on products.

Durable wipe-clean fabrics – With the exception of the soft, fuzzy fabric used in the protective head rest, I was impressed by the choice of fabrics used in the seat cover and canopy (Savannah in this case). The seat itself seems sleek, but not slippery, and like any variety of spills or leaks will wipe off easily with a damp cloth, which can be critical when you’re 3,000 miles away from your washing machine.

Cushy ride for long trips and higher weight – As with all Britax car seats, you can expect cushier padding in the Chaperone than you’ll find in most other car seats of its class, including a layer of high-density foam. This often overlooked detail can make a tremendous difference for little people expected to sit for hours on the road or in the air, especially as they grow heavier and can appreciate more more cush beneath the tush.

Travel considerations:

Rear-facing fit – When traveling with any rear-facing car seat, the rear-facing fit can sometimes pose problems in smaller economy and compact rental cars–especially overseas where the vehicles may be even smaller than North American models. Any of the infant carriers rated up to 32″ in length like this may pose more of a “fit problem” than other infant carriers like the Graco SnugRide that is rated up to 29″ in length. Depending on the nature of your family’s travels, and certainly the car you drive at home, this may be an important consideration when choosing an infant carrier. The photos above show installation in a minivan. Given the design of the base with anti-rebound bar, a little space is saved when installing the Chaperone without its base.

Much magic is in the base (only) – The anti-rebound bar, seatbelt lock-off plate, and push-button LATCH attachments are all in the base for this car seat, which means that when you’re traveling without the base, you’re traveling without many features that most consider to make the Chaperone a more valuable and safer car seat. The large canopy, side impact head rest, level indicator, and extra cushion still travel with you, however.

Other considerations:

Strap needed for use with other strollers – The Chaperone car seat can be used with the Baby Trend Snap N Go stroller frame when used with the strap provided by Baby Trend. No strap is needed for use with the matching Chaperone Stroller. Although it’s labeled as being “compatible with major stroller brands,” you will need to use the strap provided with the car seat to use the Chaperone with the Graco Quattro Tour, Peg Perego Pliko P3, and the Chicco Cortina. The Chaperone also works with the Maclaren Techno XLR when used with the Maclaren car seat adapter frame and strap. Note that the Chicco Key Fit 30 and some other larger infant carrier car seats also face the same stroller compatibility issues.

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Britax has been a leader in car seat safety for more than 70 years, focusing on innovation to improve the safety of car seats while also making them easier to install and use. This uncompromising focus has made Britax the best-selling child car seat in Europe and one of the brands most trusted by American parents and caregivers since entering the U.S. market in 1996.

Their commitment to improving child safety includes the most rigorous testing in the industry, working closely with vehicle manufacturers to encourage design improvements that enhance the performance of child car seats and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with consumers, child passenger safety technicians and other child safety advocates to ensure proper installation and use of child seats and develop new ideas to improve their safety and ease of use.

Plus they have tons of cute covers for their carseats!

Chaperone Infant Car Seat

For the littlest passengers, Britax offers the rear-facing Chaperone Infant Car Seat for babies between 4 and 30 pounds and under 32″ long. This car seat offers industry leading front, rear and side impact protection to keep your baby safe in the car.

  • Anti-Rebound Bar (on base, included with seat) stabilizes child seat by minimizing rotational forces associated with front and rear collisions
  • Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps
  • True Side Impact Protection offers a head restraint creating an extra layer of energy-absorbing foam, keeping the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, and deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
  • Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner (EPS) absorbs and distributes crash forces
  • Large Multiple Position Canopy blocks wind, rain, and harmful UV rays from baby’s sensitive skin
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
  • Plush, Premium Cover Set with matching belly pad provides extra comfort
  • Stroller Compatible Design works with many Britax strollers and is compatible with other major stroller brands when used with Britax adapter strap (included).
  • Ergonomic Carry-Handle designed to contour to forearm to allow for more comfortable carrying of child in car seat
  • Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
  • Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
  • Front Harness Adjuster provides effortless front adjustment when loosening the harness system

  • Easy-to-Read Level Indicators provide quick reference for proper angle of recline
  • Easy-to-Install Seat-to-Base Design self-guides car seat into proper locked position
  • Height Adjustment Knob (on base) for proper seat angle and positioning
  • Low Birth Weight Foam Insert to be used for infants weighing 4 – 11 pounds to achieve a snug harness fit
  • Certified for Aircraft Travel

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Because we’re committed to creating the safest products for children, BRITAX is conducting a voluntary safety recall of the CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada. No injuries have been reported, however BRITAX has determined that the rivet used to attach the harness adjuster to the shell may have been improperly installed. On the BRITAX CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat, the harness adjuster ensures that the harness straps can be properly tightened and secured over the infant’s shoulders and is attached to the infant car seat shell. 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.

Affected models were manufactured between September 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011, and include the following model numbers: E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L, E9L692M, E9L952J, E9L952K, and E9L952L.

To address this issue, BRITAX is providing a remedy kit including a harness adjuster kit 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.

If the harness adjuster on your CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat detaches, please discontinue use of the product immediately and contact our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-888-427-4829. If the harness adjuster on your seat is securely attached to the seat shell, it is safe to continue using the seat. As a precaution, please follow the instructions in your remedy kit when it arrives.

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2017)

*This seat has been discontinued* It’s been replaced by the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite.

Britax has a wide range of car seats to fit children through their entire car seat days! The Chaperone rear facing only car seat is a reasonable choice for anyone expecting a premature infant, higher-order multiples, or who simply has a low birth weight baby.

CSFTL Quick Stats:

  • Weight range: 4-30 lbs
  • Height range: up to 32″
  • Shell height: 20″
  • Lowest harness position: 6″ (without preemie insert)
  • Weight (carrier only): 10 lb
  • Expiration: 6 years
  • Handle position: any locked position

Features:

  • Seat belt lockoff
  • Two position adjustable crotch strap
  • Adjustable recline foot
  • Push button lower anchor connectors
  • No re-thread harness
  • Anti-rebound bar

Rear-facing Assembly and Use (for under 11 lbs)

Britax has designed their infant seats to fit a wide range of babies from birth on up; the Chaperone is a reasonable choice for anyone expecting a premature infant, higher-order multiples, or who simply has a low birth weight baby.

for infants under 11 lbs

For infants under 11 lbs, certain adjustments may or must be made to the seat prior to use. The seat has two positions for the buckle; for newborns and infants under 11 lbs, select the one further back in the seat pan.

The harness attaches at the splitter plate behind the seat, as is fairly typical for most harnessed seats. at the end of the harness straps are two separate loops; use the further in ones for the 11 lb baby. When assembled, the harness should look like this.

for low birthweight newborns

The two above modifications are required for any infant under 11 lbs. For a very short, or very low birth weight baby, the additional foam insert may be required. If your baby’s shoulders do not reach the bottom harness position when strapped into the seat, or you cannot adequately snug the harness down to pass the pinch test, you must use the low birth weight foam to achieve an adequate fit.

Jo, our Huggable Images preemie doll, represents a 4 lb newborn, and with a little preemie cloth on her bum, fits quite nicely in the Chaperone. I’ve removed the harness covers and buckle protector to help get a snug fit and give a more clear image of what a correctly buckled premature baby might look like.

Here is Fiona, our 7 lb newborn. While I still have the loops and crotch buckle set to the under 11 lb position, I have removed in the low birth weight foam, as she adequately fits the harness with no extra padding.

Rear Facing Assembly and Use for infants over 11 lbs

Eventually even those tiny babies will grow, and you will need to convert your Chaperone to the bigger baby setting.

If you’ve used the foam insert, now is the time to remove it.

The buckle should be moved to the outer position, and the loops on the end of the harness straps adjusted to the outer position.

for infants and toddlers over 11 lbs

You may then continue to use this seat, adjusting the head restraint up so that the harness is positioned at, or slightly below, the baby’s shoulders, until baby has outgrown the seat by reaching 30 lbs, or 32″, or has 1″ of clearance at the top of his head to the top of the seat.

While some infant seats have overstated height or weight capacities, the Chaperone could easily accommodate a 32″ infant. The author’s daughter, at just 22 lbs and 32″ is small for a two-year old, but she just slides in under the 1″ mark. Most people will not be particularly inclined to use a rear facing only seat for two years, but it’s a handy feature for those with smaller children, especially if you intend to travel by air.

16 month old

This is Lucas, our 31″ 16 month old Huggable Images doll, he measures 20 lbs and 31″. As you can see he fits well, with room to spare.

Installing the Britax Chaperone

When Britax first released the Chaperone, many advocates and technicians had one thing to say: “Wow! This seat is REALLY BIG.” And big it is. When installed with the base, it takes up more front to back room than almost any other rear facing only seat. If you currently drive a mini-Cooper and are settled on a Britax seat for your newborn, you may wish to consider the B-Safe, which does not have the anti-rebound bar in the base.

The second thing we noticed was that when installed, the seat extended so far off the edge off the edge of the vehicle seat, in many cases it exceed the 80% of the restraint on the seat rule of thumb we were taught in technician training. Britax, who is generally extremely responsive to such consumer concerns, let us know then that we do not need to be concerned with the 80% figure we were looking for, for the Chaperone.

Since then, they have placed a molded line on the bottom of the base to indicate how far the overhang may go while still be considered an acceptable fit.

Installation with Lower Anchors

As with most rear facing only seats, lower anchor install can only be achieved using the base. You may use lower anchors if your choice of vehicle seat has a dedicated lower anchor position. In addition, if you are in a car that permits borrowing, and the lower anchor spacing is between 11 and 20 inches, you may ‘borrow’ two internal anchors to create a LATCH position.

lower anchor storage

Remove the lower anchor attachments from their storage position in the base, and loosen the webbing to give yourself slack.

Secure the lower anchors attachments in the vehicle, then tighten, and use the internal lock off to secure tail of the webbing

Test for movement with one hand at the belt path. You should have less than 1″ of movement either side to side or front to back, with gentle pushing from your head.

Place the infant seat in the base and check the level to make sure it is within the allowed range. Newborns are more comfortable at the more reclined end of the range until they have good head and neck control. As your baby gets older, you may wish to decrease the recline.

If the seat is not within acceptable range, use the provided adjustable recline on the base to change the angle.

Installation with seatbelt

If your car is not LATCH equipped, or the baby is in a seating position without lower anchors, or you just prefer the seat belt installation, the seat belt is an acceptable and safe way to install your seat. Place the base on the seat as described above, and run the seat belt through the belt path. Tighten to less than 1″ of movement as described above. If you have a lap belt, be sure to secure the loose tail in the lock off along with the belt. If you have a 3-point belt, be sure to secure the shoulder belt along with the lap belt in the lock-off.

Installation without the base
If you live in the city and travel by cab, ever travel by plane, or ever swap the seat into a friend’s or babysitter’s car, chances are you’ll be using the seat baseless. Installation is simple.
For a three-point belt, the belt goes through the belt guide, while the shoulder belt is placed against the vehicle seat back. For a two point belt, the lap belt goes through the belt guides. Britax does not permit euro-routing for three-point belts. Again, check for movement at the belt path, and examine the level to make sure the bubble is in the proper place.

Britax retired the Chaperone as of 8/2014, but it remains a versatile, long lasting restraint that fits newborns well, and remains a viable option well into the toddler years.

CSFTL was not compensated for this restraint or review and opinions, as always, are entirely our own.