Health Canada and L’écharpe Porte-bonheur Inc. have recalled over 1,000 Chimparoo-brand infant carriers manufactured by the Quebec supplier earlier this year.
The recall involves two types only: the Chimparoo Trek and the Chimparoo Multi 2.0 (model numbers CS014, CS005 and CS006), which were produced between May 1 and July 22, 2016. Both are intended for use with a single infant or toddler up to 20.4 kg (45 lbs) and can be worn on the caregiver’s front (tummy-to-tummy), hip or back.
The carriers attach to the parent with a waist belt and shoulder straps, secured by plastic buckles fixed with polypropylene straps. The belt and shoulder straps are adjustable.
According to HC’s notice, the side straps on the affected carriers, which were sold for five months (May to September 2016) at a number of kids’ product retailers, may loosen unexpectedly from the buckle, allowing the child to fall out of the carrier.
Health Canada says it has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadian consumers related to the use of this product. However, L’écharpe Porte-bonheur Inc. acknowledges one report of an incident where a shoulder strap loosened unexpectedly — no injuries were reported.
HC is advising caregivers to stop using the affected baby carriers immediately and contact L’écharpe Porte-bonheur Inc. for a free product inspection. If the purchaser’s baby carrier has the recalled buckles, the company will provide free replacement buckles. (No tools are required for the repair.)