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CPSC, NHTSA and Britax Announce Recall of Infant Car Seats

  • Location of model number on Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Car Seat/Carriers
  • Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Car Seat/Carriers
  • Britax B-Agile/B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Travel Systems
Name of Product:
Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats and travel systems
Hazard:
The car seat carry handle can crack and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.
Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
January 21, 2016
Units:
About 71,000 units (in addition 3,900 units were sold in Canada and 990 units in Mexico)
Consumer 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 firm's website at www.us.Britax.com and click on "Safety Notice" at the top right of the page. 

Recall Details

Description:

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

Remedy:

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. 

Incidents/Injuries:

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.

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.

Manufactured In:
U.S.
Importer(s):

Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, S.C.

Recall number:
16-081
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About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
For lifesaving information:
SaferProducts.gov