Recall: Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems
On 2016-01-21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems due to a potential hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2014 for about $210 to $250.
About 70,000 units are involved in this Britax infant car seat recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Carseats / Child Seats category in 2016.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 60 similar recalls,
involving about 16 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The car seat carry handle can crack and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems manufactured between October 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. Models included in the recall are:
|Britax Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems||Model Numbers||Dates of Manufacture (YYYY/MM/DD)|
|B-Safe 35||E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F, EXLU65M||October 1, 2014 (2014/10/01) through July 1, 2015 (2015/07/01)|
|B-Safe 35 Elite||E9LS55T, E9LS56P, E9LS55U, E9LS66C, E9LS65U|
|B-Safe 35 Travel System||S914900, S915400, S915200, S921900, S01635200|
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/56686r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ 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.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
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.
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 firm's website at www.us.Britax.com and click on "Safety Notice" at the top right of the page.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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