CPSC, NHTSA and Britax Announce Recall of Infant Car Seats Due to Fall Hazard

21 Jan, 2016, 11:38 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/CPSC-NHTSA-and-Britax-Announce-Recall-of-Infant-Car-Seats

Recall Summary

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

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.

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

Units: About 71,000 units (in addition 3,900 units were sold in Canada and 990 units in Mexico)

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




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.

Importer/Distributor: Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, S.C.

Manufactured in: U.S.

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/56686r-eng.php
Mexico's press release is available at: http://profeco.gob.mx/verificacion/alertas_nvo.asp

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – 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.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: 301-504-7908
Spanish: 301-504-7800

Recall Number: 16-081

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SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



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