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Britax Recalls B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers

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Britax, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Profeco (Mexico), is conducting a voluntary recall of all Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion stroller models listed below.

When used as a travel system with the Click & Go receivers to attach the carseat to the stroller frame, the receiver mount may be damaged and cause the carseat to disengage unexpectedly and fall. If the carseat falls to the ground, the child may be injured.

Model numbers for single strollers are located on the inside of the stroller frame near the right rear wheel. For double strollers, it’s located on the front middle underside of the frame. Models affected:

B-Agile

S01298600 S01298700 S01635200 S02063600
S02063700 S02063800 S02063900 S02064000
S03803400 S03803500 S03803700 S03803800
S03803900 S04144400 S04144500 S04144600
S04144700 S04144800 S04144900 S04145000
S04183700 S04183800 S04184000 S04281200
S04281300 S04402800 S04437700 S04628500
S04884200 S04884300 S04884400 S04884500
S04975600 S04978900 S05060600 S05260200
S05511600 S05511700 S865800 S865900
S874300 S874400 S874500 S877200
S890100 S896000 S896200 S896600
S907200 S907300 S907400 S907500
S907600 S910200 S910300 S910400
S910500 S912300 S914300 S914500
S914700 S914900 S915200 S915400
S917400 S921800 S921900 S923700
U341763 U341764 U341782 U341783
U341825 U341826 U341828 U341X82
U34X782 U361763 U361818 U361819
U361825 U391875 U451835 U451837
U451841 U461763 U461764 U461782
U461783 U461825 U461826 U461828
U471818 U471819 U491842 U491843
U491844 U491908 U491909 U491910
U511875 U511877 U551835 U551837
U551841 U551861 U551862 U551863
U551864 U551865 U551905 U551906
U691878 U691879 U691881 U691882
U691884 U691904 U691905 U721895
U721896

 

BOB Motion

S888600 S890200 S890300 S890400
S890500 S909700 S910600 S910700
S910800 S910900 S912600 U391820
U391821 U391822 U481820 U481821
U481822 U501820 U501821 U501822
U501907

What should you do:

  • Stop using the carseat on the stroller as a travel system IMMEDIATELY. It is completely SAFE to continue using your stroller in the recline mode for infants though.
  • Go to www.us.britax.com/recall or call 1-844-227-0300 to request a free repair kit that contains a new set of Click & Go receivers and instructions.

Baby Trend Recalls certain Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Carseats

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December 19, 2016 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 16C008000

Center Adjuster Rivet May Break/FMVSS 213

In the event of a crash, the child seat occupant is at an increased risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16C008000

Manufacturer Baby Trend, Inc.

Components CHILD SEAT

Potential Number of Units Affected 34

Summary

Baby Trend, Inc. (Baby Trend) is recalling certain Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Centennial booster seats, model number FB58181, manufactured on July 23, 2016, and Hybrid LX 3-in-1 Kiwi booster seats, model number FB48417, manufactured on July 14, 2016. The affected child seats have a center adjuster rivet that may pull through or break if the harness is being used with a child weighing more than 40 lbs. As such, these child seats fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 213, “Child Restraint Systems.”

Remedy

Baby Trend will notify owners and replace the child seat or provide a full refund. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Baby Trend customer service at 1-909-773-0018.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

4moms Recalls Self-Installing Car Seat

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4moms4moms is issuing a recall on its self-installing carseat manufactured between July 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016. The recall affects about 2% of 1,622 carseats, or about 33 carseats, manufactured during this time. There have been no reported injuries at this time.

On some carriers, the coupling hooks that lock the carrier into the base have been improperly riveted, potentially causing them to stick and not attach to the base. The coupling hook failure has only been observed after extended use and testing. Again, there have been no reported injuries.

Fix: 4moms will send owners a new carrier starting January 13, 2017

What should you do: Visit the 4moms recall site to see if your carseat is affected. You can continue to use your affected carrier until you receive the new one.

  • Check to make sure the carrier is locked into the base by pulling up on the handle after the carrier is placed into the base. If it isn’t locked into the base, then . . .
  • Install the carrier without the base. The carrier can be installed “Euro style” as shown by Kecia in this video (demonstrating on a Nuna Pipa):

 

If you have other questions, you can call the 4moms Customer Care Team at 1-888-614-6667

New California Car Seat Law Changes Minimum Forward Facing Age

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chicco-nextfit-zip-air-rf-There are a number of reasons why we love living in California and starting January 1st, there’s one more reason to add to the list. On the first day of 2017, California will join a small group of states that require children to remain rear facing until age 2 (with a few specific caveats).

Several existing laws remain in place, including:
1. All children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
2. All children 8 years or older or 4’9″ or taller may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits them properly.

But the newest component replaces the previous 1 year and 20 pounds rear facing minimum requirement. California law states (Sections 27360 27360.5 27360.6 27363) :

“Effective January 1, 2017, children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.”

Violating these laws carries a fine that can exceed $500 for each improperly restrained child, as well as having points added to the driver’s license. In short, it’s not worth it, especially when you consider that ignoring this law puts your child at risk of death or significant injury.

SceneraNEXTEmmaRF sideThe law is written so that families of children who are very tall and/or heavy do not have to buy an expensive extended rear facing seat to make it to age 2. To clarify, the 40 pound/inch caveat should not be used to imply that rear facing is somehow less important for a 40 pound or 40 inch 18-month toddler, because it’s not. Science shows us that it is anatomical development (which comes with age), not the height or weight, that makes a young child less at risk for catastrophic neck injuries in a crash when forward facing.

We have known for a long time that rear facing is safer than forward facing for every person, and especially for infants up until at least age 2. It’s nice to see state legislatures like California’s catching up to the research and helping nudge parents to keep their children as safe as possible in the car.  Be sure to see our list of the best convertible carseats for extended rear-facing!

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