Britax has recalled around 71,000 infant car seats and travel systems due to a faulty handle.
The affected units include the B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe 35 Travel System and according to the manufacturer, the car seat carry handle can crack and break, allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant. Owners are cautioned to stop carrying the car seat by the handle immediately until the repair is installed. Those who previously registered the product with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit, but for those who haven’t, they can register to receive a free kit here. Britax did say that owners can continue using the car seat while it is secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.
The faulty units were manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The company 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.