Britax Child Safety, Inc. recalls Certain B-Safe Infant Carrier Car Seats

Starting date:
January 21, 2016
Posting date:
January 21, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Children's Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fall Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-56686

Joint recall with Health Canada, Transport Canada, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), PROFECO and Britax Child Safety, Inc.

Who is affected

http://profeco.gob.mx/verificacion/alertas_nvo.asp

Affected products

Certain B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems

Product description

This recall involves the carry handle on certain B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35/B-Agile Travel Systems manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The product can be used as a rear-facing only car seat or as an infant carrier. It comes with a black shell and base and a solid colored canopy. The Britax logo is printed on both sides of the seat shell and on the carry handle grip.  Model numbers are printed on a date of manufacturer (DOM) label located at the back of the infant car seat shell.

In Canada, the infant car seats with the following model numbers are included in the recall:
Britax Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems Model Number Dates of Manufacture (YYYY/MM/DD)
B-Safe 35 E9LV13F, E9LV15M, E9LV15P October 1, 2014 (2014/10/01)
through
July 1, 2015 (2015/07/01)
B-Safe 35/B-Agile Travel System S914300, S914500, S914700

Hazard identified

The infant car seat carry handle can develop cracks and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

Britax has received 74 reports (one in Canada) of the handle developing fractures, cracks, or breaking while in use. These incidents have resulted in one injury report in the United States where the unit dropped to the ground and the infant received a bump to their head.

Number sold

Approximately 3,900 seats were sold in Canada and about 71,000 were distributed in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled seats were sold from November 1, 2014 to January 1, 2016 at various children’s stores and online.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
Fort Mill
South Carolina
UNITED STATES
Importer
Britax Child Safety, Ltd
Saint John
New Brunswick
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should not lift or carry the car seat by the handle until the repair is installed. All consumers who have registered their product with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit. To verify registration or to receive a repair kit, consumers can visit Britax recall page. Consumers can continue to safely use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.

For more information, consumers may contact Britax by telephone at 1-800-683-2045 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, by email or online at the Britax website and click on Safety Notice at the top right, or the Britax recall page.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Consumers may view the release by Mexico's Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) on the Agency's website (Spanish only).

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.