Melissa here, with some concerning recall news that I think all new parents will want to take a good look at. There have been two CPSC recalls at Britax in the past week, so if you’re a Britax consumer, please read on!
This recall concerns the Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and the B-Safe 35 Travel System, all infant car seat models. As parents, keeping children safe is always our top priority, so this news is quite upsetting. Infant car seats are so valuable for child safety that they won’t even let you leave the hospital without one installed in your car!
According to the CPSC report, the recall is due to a faulty carry handle that can crack and break, causing the seat to fall unexpectedly while being carried out of the car. Of course, this poses some serious injury threats to any infant. More than 75,000 units have been recalled in the US, Canada, and Mexico so far.
Not sure if your car seat qualifies for the recall? Check to see if your Britax has been manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The recalled seats can be used only as a rear-facing only car seat and as an infant carrier. Each of the car seats comes with a canopy, a black shell and base, and come in a variety of colors. You’ll also notice the Britax logo printed on both sides of the seat shell and on the carry handle.
There have been 74 reports from Britax of cracked or broken handles, including one of an infant who unfortunately bumped his head when the carrier fell. If you are a parent using one of these car seat/carrier models, the CPSC recommends to immediately stop using the seat until it is properly repaired. If you’ve previously registered with Britax, a free repair kit will be sent to you.
For more information on the infant car seat recall from Britax and how to receive your free repair kit, check out the CPSC report here.
My children are way out of the infant car seat range, but I know a lot of my readers out there are new parents, so keeping you updated on recalled baby products is a top priority for me! For more info on child safety recalls, click through to my safety alerts here.