The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations recently announced a recall of several models of Britax infant car seats due to product defects which can lead to infant injuries.
The handles on Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and B-Safe 35 Travel System infant car seats can crack and break, letting the seat drop unexpectedly. At least 74 reports of handles breaking while in use were sent to Britax. At least one infant suffered a bruise and a bump on the head after the carrier was dropped.
About 71,000 units manufactured between Oct. 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 are affected. The full list of models is below. The model number and manufacture date can be found on a label on the back of the seat.
B-Safe 35 Elite
B-Safe 35 Travel System
According to Britax, the seats are still safe while attached to a car seat base or with a compatible stroller. However, the seat should not be carried or lifted by the handle.
Consumers who purchased a recalled model can contact Britax for a remedy kit, containing a bracket that reinforces the handle at no cost.
The company has not stated whether they will be offering refunds. The items cost between $210 and $250 and were sold by major retailers, including Babies R Us, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, Target, buybuy BABY and others.
The NTHSA encourages all child safety seat owners to register their products at www.safercar.gov/parents to ensure they receive recall notices.
If your child has been injured due a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the product liability attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will fight for your justice.