The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall affecting B-Safe car seats. According to the recall notice, “the car seat carry handle can crack and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.” This recall affects the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite models, that were manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. Roughly 71,000 infant car seats in the U.S. are affected by this recall.
Britax has received reports of handles developing fractures, cracks, and/or breaking during use in 74 cases. Britax is strongly suggesting that the car seat “not be lifted or carried by the carry handle until the remedy kit has been installed” on the carrier.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first problem with a Britax product. This car seat recall follows 117 reports of the foam padding on the Britax B-Ready stroller’s arm coming off in pieces, posing a choking hazard to the child. Of the complaints filed, there have been five reports of children choking or gagging on the foam fragments from the stroller arm.
To see if your Britax product is affected in the recall, check the model number and date of manufacture (DOM), which are printed on a label on the back of your child’s car seat or carrier shell. You can also visit the Britax website to see if your model is affected.