Nearly 71,000 Britax infant car seats have been recalled according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The handles on the recalled car seats have reportedly developed cracks and fractures while in use. One infant suffered a head injury when the carrier fell to the ground due to a handle malfunction.
The defective products are the Britax B-Safe 35 and Britax B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems. The car seats in question were manufactured from October 2014 through July 2015. Retailers selling the recalled car seats include Target, Babies R’ Us, Amazon and Diapers.com.
Britax has created a repair that can be installed, however, users are encouraged to not carry the car seats by the handle until the repair has been made. The car seat is safe to be used in a vehicle when secured properly.
You can tell if you have a defective car seat by finding the label on the back of the seat/carrier shell and looking for the model number and date of manufacture.
Registered users of the defective car seats are automatically being sent free repair kits. Users who have not registered their product with Britax can visit bsafe35recall.com or by phone at 800-683-2045 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET Mon – Thur, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET Fri.