On the heels of the disappearing Jardine cribs, we have another mystery at Babies R Us: what's up with Chicco's KeyFit infant seat? The seat (and the corresponding Cortina travel system) have disappeared at BRU, say readers:
I've been trying to buy my Chicco base and can't find one anywhere. I talked to someone at Babies R Us this afternoon (in Indianapolis, where I live) who told me that they got a memo from corporate this weekend to remove all travel systems, bases and car seats from the sales floor immediately. They were not told why, but this employee suspects that there is an issue and/or investigation into the bases because all products with bases were removed but products without bases (such as strollers) are still on the floor.
Here's the news, straight from Chicco:
I can confirm a voluntary recall of Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 car seat bases, which was formally announced a short while ago this afternoon. I've attached a copy of the Chicco press release so you can see the various specifics. Nationwide, only about 18,000 car seat bases manufactured between February 26, 2008 and March 17, 2008 may be affected.
Recall information has been posted on the wire and on a Chicco recall Web site (chiccocarseatrecall.com), and this information will surely appear on car seat safety and government sites. Chicco will be sending all affected consumers a replacement car seat base, and consumers have been directed to a call center at 800-807-8817 to learn how they can receive this base.
Chicco sincerely regrets this manufacturing defect and the inconvenience this recall may cause consumers.