Are your kids safe in their cart-seat?

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shopping cartsShopping carts: They’re something we use almost every time we go to the grocery store, but behind their helpful exterior lurks a potential danger. A child in America is treated in an emergency room every 22 minutes for injuries sustained by shopping carts.

According to data from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 530,494 children were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2011 for cart-related injuries, and despite voluntary safety standards adopted in 2004, the rate of injury is actually climbing.

The vast majority of injuries (more than 70%) are from falls from the cart, followed by running over/into the cart, cart tip-overs, and entrapment of body parts. The most common type of injury was head injury (78%), and researchers found a 200% increase in concussions over the study period. Most of these injuries were in children 4 and younger.

kid shopping cartExperts say that redesigning carts to have seating areas lower to the ground would be safer both because children wouldn’t have as far to fall and because it would lower the cart’s center of gravity, making it less prone to tipping over. Until that happens (and even if it does) here are some ways you can help keep your kids safe:

  • Never prop infant seats on top of shopping carts. (We’ve written about that before). It’s better to place the seat in the basket of the cart, use a separate stroller (which might require another person), use a built-in infant seat, or wear your baby for shopping trips.
  • Make sure your child is buckled in, whether in the regular shopping-cart seat or an integrated infant seat.
  • Choose carts that have seating areas lower to the ground.
  • Never allow children to stand up in the cart.
  • Never allow children to ride or hang off the front, back, or sides of a cart.
  • Stay with your cart and child at all times.

Shopping with little kids (or big ones!) can sometimes be emotionally painful, but don’t let it turn physically painful, too.

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Britax B-Ready Stroller Arm Bar Recall

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Britax USA/Canada B-Ready Arm bar Recall

Britax Child Safety, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, is conducting a voluntary recall of select B-Ready stroller and replacement top seat models. This recall involves the foam-padded arm bar on select BReady strollers and replacement top seats manufactured between April 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012. The model numbers included in this recall are identified in the table below.

 

B-Ready 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 made after December 31, 2012 it is NOT included in this recall.

Description of the Defect: Britax has received reports of children biting and ingesting pieces of the non-toxic foam on the arm bar on select B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats manufactured between April 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012. This may pose a choking hazard.

Remedy of the Defect:  Upon request, Britax will send one free black, zippered fabric arm bar cover and a warning label to consumers to apply to their strollers or replacement top seats.

What You Should Do: Determine whether your B-Ready stroller or replacement top seat is included in the recall by inspecting the arm bar on your product. Your product is part of this recall if the foam-padded arm bar on your B-Ready stroller or replacement top seat is exposed and does not have a black, zippered fabric cover. (See images below)

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If you own recalled product, please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit www.B-ReadyRecall.com to request a kit containing a zippered fabric arm bar cover and warning label.
  2. Remove and discontinue use of the foam-padded arm bar until you receive and apply the zippered fabric cover and warning label. Using the stroller or replacement top seat without the arm bar is safe and permitted. The arm bar is used for child passengers to rest their hands and is not critical for safe use of the stroller or replacement top seat.
  3. Once you receive the kit, please follow the detailed instructions on how to apply the zippered fabric cover and warning label.

If you have questions or concerns, you should contact the Britax Customer Service Department at the dedicated recall line: 1-800-6832045. 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 is committed to the safety of your child and we apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused.

2016 ComfortSport/Ready Ride/Classic Ride Recall

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2016 Graco ComfortSport, Ready Ride, Classic Ride Recall

Graco is recalling some of their ComfortSport, Ready Ride, and Classic Ride convertible carseats due to missing information on a label. This DOES NOT affect the safety of the carseats, but the information is required by NHTSA.

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Seats Affected: ComfortSport, Ready Ride, and Classic Ride convertibles manufactured between March 2014 and February 2015

2016 Graco ComfortSport, Classic Ride Recall

Defect: Missing verbiage on label

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Remedy: Graco will send new labels to caregivers. Go to the 2016 Label Recall page to see if your carseat has been recalled. Some carseats within the recall timeframe have corrected labels. You can also call Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).

 

 

 

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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B-Safe Can 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.