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Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Handle Recall Canada

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Britax Canada B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Recall

Britax Child Safety, Inc., has decided that a defect exists in certain B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat models. In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Transport Canada, Britax is conducting a recall. This recall involves a defect within the carry handle on the below listed infant car seats manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

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NOTE: No other products are included in this recall. If your Britax product has a different model number than the model numbers listed above or it was manufactured after July 1, 2015 it is NOT included in this recall.

Description of the Defect: Britax has received reports of cracks developing in and around the carry handle grip on the above listed infant car seat models. If the cracks lead to the handle breaking, then the seat could be dropped, causing potential injury to the infant.

Remedy of the Defect: Enclosed is a remedy kit containing instructions and a carry handle bracket that will attach to the infant car seat carry handle to reinforce it.

Please Note: This does not affect the safety performance of the seat when used in a motor vehicle. It is safe for consumers to continue to use their car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller. The car seat should not be lifted or carried by the carry handle until the remedy kit has been installed.

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What You Should Do:

  1. Do not return product to the retailer.
  2. Continue to safely use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a Britax stroller. Do not lift or carry the car seat by the handle until the remedy kit has been installed.
  3. Before installing the remedy kit, review the printed instructions. For a video detailing how to install the kit, please visit www.bsafe35recall.com.

If your carry handle is already cracked or fractured or if you have other questions or concerns, you should contact the Britax Customer Service Department at the dedicated recall line: 1-800-683-2045. Customer Service business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 5:45 pm (ET) and Friday 8:30 am – 4:45 pm (ET). If you live outside of the US or Canada, you should e-mail Britax.Recall@britax.com.

Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Handle Recall USA

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Britax USA B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Recall

Britax Child Safety, Inc., has decided that a defect exists in certain B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat models. In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Transport Canada, Britax is conducting a recall. This recall involves a defect within the carry handle on the below listed infant car seats manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

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B-Safe USA Recall
NOTE: No other products are included in this recall. If your Britax product has a different model number than the model numbers listed above or it was manufactured after July 1, 2015 it is NOT included in this recall.

Description of the Defect: Britax has received reports of cracks developing in and around the carry handle grip on the above listed infant car seat models. If the cracks lead to the handle breaking, then the seat could be dropped, causing potential injury to the infant.

Remedy of the Defect: Enclosed is a remedy kit containing instructions and a carry handle bracket that will attach to the infant car seat carry handle to reinforce it.

Please Note: This does not affect the safety performance of the seat when used in a motor vehicle. It is safe for consumers to continue to use their car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller. The car seat should not be lifted or carried by the carry handle until the remedy kit has been installed.

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What You Should Do:

  1. Do not return product to the retailer.
  2. Continue to safely use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a Britax stroller. Do not lift or carry the car seat by the handle until the remedy kit has been installed.
  3. Before installing the remedy kit, review the printed instructions. For a video detailing how to install the kit, please visit www.bsafe35recall.com.

If your carry handle is already cracked or fractured or if you have other questions or concerns, you should contact the Britax Customer Service Department at the dedicated recall line: 1-800-683-2045. Customer Service business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 5:45 pm (ET) and Friday 8:30 am – 4:45 pm (ET). If you live outside of the US or Canada, you should e-mail Britax.Recall@britax.com.

Beware of Illegal Chinese “Car Seats” for Sale Online

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Sale of Illegal “Portable Car Seats” are a Growing Cause for Concern

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - death by bunniesIf you see something for sale online that claims to be a “child safety seat” or “booster” or “car seat” but it comes from a manufacturer that you have never heard of and it doesn’t say that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) please be suspicious and do some research. It may be a legitimate product but it may also be an illegal death trap.

Amazon is FLOODED with products from China claiming to be car seats that are being sold by 3rd party sellers. Please don’t be mislead into thinking these are a safe alternative to a car seat or booster seat that meets FMVSS 213 standards. As much as the seller wants you to believe that this product is “Compact and reasonable design make it enjoy the safety of traditional child seat”, it is neither safe nor reasonable.

A few examples of the type of products available through 3rd party sellers on Amazon:

Seat Cover Car Portable Child Safety Seat Baby Car Seat to Baby Seat 1-6 Years Old

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CdyBox Portable Car Safety Seat Cover Travel Vest Harness Cushion for Baby Kids Infant Children (Blue)

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Adjustable Portable Babies Child Infant Car seat safety Belt Harness Blue

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The CPS Technician’s Guide to Understanding the New Consumer Reports Crash Test Ratings

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This week Consumer Reports created a huge buzz when they released their new ratings on convertible carseats. Some parents were elated with the results, others were clearly upset by some of the scores and revelations and, in general, there was a lot of confusion. We know many of our savvy readers and CPS Techs appreciate more in-depth information and analysis so we wanted to offer you that in this separate follow-up article.

Our original article, which includes a full listing of the crash protection scores for all 23 seats, is here:

The Safest Convertible Carseats? New 2015 Crash Protection Ratings and Methods from Consumer Reports

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Why did Consumer Reports decide to create their own, unique crash test for child restraints that already pass all the safety standards in FMVSS 213?