Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, S.C., has recalled its Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats and travel systems. 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 involves Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems manufactured between Oct. 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015. The product can be used as a rear-facing only car seat and as an infant carrier. The car seat/carriers have a canopy, black shell and base, and were sold in a variety of colors. The Britax logo is printed on both sides of the seat shell and on the carry handle grip. Model numbers and the date of manufacture (DOM) are printed on a label located at the back of the infant car seat/carrier shell. Britax has received 74 reports of handles developing fractures, cracks and/or breaking while in use, including one report of an infant who received a bump on the head when the carrier fell to the ground.
The seats were sold at Babies R Us, buybuy BABY, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com and other online retailers from November 2014 to January 2016 for between $210 and $250. Consumers should immediately stop carrying the car seat by the handle until the repair is installed. All consumers who have previously registered their product with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit. To register to receive a repair kit or verify registration, visit www.bsafe35recall.com. Consumers can continue to use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller. Contact Britax at 800-683-2045 from 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, or by email at Britax.Recall@britax.com. Consumers can also visit the company’s website at www.us.Britax.com and click on “Safety Notice” at the top right of the page. Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/CPSC-NHTSA-and-Britax-Announce-Recall-of-Infant-Car-Seats/
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