Huge Britax Car Seat & Stroller Recall: What Parents Need to Know

Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems recall

Child product manufacturer Britax has issued a recall on infant strollers and car seat products. The announcements, published on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, come after the company received 117 reported incidents involving the Britax B-Ready strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats, and 74 incidents reported with the Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats and travel systems.

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Here's what parents need to know.

Britax B-Ready Stroller and B-Ready replacement top seats recall

1. The Britax B-Ready strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats recalls are due to foam padding on the units' arm bars that can separate in pieces -- creating a potential choking hazard to children. Close to 49,000 units sold in the US are included in the recall, along with 11,000 sold in Canada.

2. The following model numbers made between April 2010 and December 2012 are included in the recall:

  • B-Ready Strollers: U281767, U281768, U281771, U281772, U281773, U281774, U281784, U281792, U281793, U281794, U281795, U281796, U281797
  • B-Ready replacement top seats: S845600, S845700, S845800, S845900, S855000, S855100, S856600, S870200, S870300, S870600

3. To determine whether your B-Ready stroller is affected, look for the model number and manufacture date on the label between the frame of the stroller's front wheels, or the inside frame connecting to the back right wheel. The date of manufacture and model number can be found on B-Ready replacement top seats by searching for the (black) label on the right side of the tube, just above the adjuster button (under the fabric cover).

4. Britax advises that customers with a unit in question should immediately remove the arm bar. The company advises you can still use strollers without the arm bar attached.

5. To receive a free black, zippered arm bar, customers can contact Britax at (800) 683-2045 Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m ET., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday. You can also visit www.B-ReadyRecall.com for more information.

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Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems recall

6. Britax is also recalling the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems, as the carry handle can crack, causing the seat to suddenly fall. Roughly 71,000 units sold in the US are included in the recall, along with 3,900 units in Canada, and 990 units in Mexico.

7. The following model numbers made between October 2014 and July 1, 2015, are included in the recall:

  • B-Safe 35: E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F, EXLU65M
  • B-Safe 35 Elite: E9LS55T, E9LS56P, E9LS55U, E9LS66C, E9LS65U
  • B-Safe 35 Travel System: S914900, S915400, S915200, S921900, S01635200

8. To determine if your B-Safe 35 or B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel system is affected, look for the model number and manufacture date on the label on the back of the car seat/carrier shell.

9. Britax recommends that customers promptly stop carrying the car seat by its handle until repaired. They do, however, advise that units can still be used when secured safely inside a car, or on a stroller.

10. Consumers who registered their units in the past will automatically receive a free repair kit. Those who didn't -- or are unsure if their unit is registered -- can sign up to receive one of the kits at www.bsafe35recall.com.

 

In addition to contacting Britax, consumers can also call the CPSC toll-free at (800) 638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054) for more information.

 

Image via US Consumer Product Safety Commission

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