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Britax Issues Massive Recall

As San Diego injury lawyers, we want parents to be aware of a recall involving approximately 71,000 infant car seats manufactured by Britax Child Safety Inc. Due to a product defect, the handles on the car seats can break, posing an injury risk to infants.

The recall includes popular infant car seats, including the Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the car seat carry handle can crack and break, allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly. 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.

For parents who own Britax car seats, the defective products 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. As detailed in the recall notice, 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. The specific models included in the recall are listed on the CPSC website.

Given the serious risk of injury, parents and caregivers 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. Britax advises that owners can continue to use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.