Britax Recalls 71,000 Car Seats For Fall Hazard, 49,000 Stroller Arms Over Choking Danger

Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 4.04.47 PMWhen carrying precious cargo, you likely do everything in your power to make sure it doesn’t fall and break. Those precautions likely go double when that precious cargo is your child. To that end: Britax announced today that it would recall about 71,000 car seats equipped with handles that can break, leading the carriers to unexpectedly fall.

The recall of Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Travel System, and B-Safe 35 Elite carriers was initiated after the company received 74 reports of handles developing fractures, cracks, or breaking while in use, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Britax says it is aware of one report of an infant who received a bump on the head when the carrier he was in fell to the ground.

Affected car seats were sold for $210 to $250 from November 2014 to January 2016 at Babies R Us, buybuy BABY, Target, as well as online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com and other retailers.

Affected carriers can be identified by the following codes and model numbers:

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Britax says that consumers who own the affected car seats should immediately stop carrying them by the handle until repairs are installed.

Owners who previously registered their seats with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit. Others can register for the kit via http://www.bsafe35recall.com.

In another safety recall on Thursday, Britax announced that about 49,000 B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats contain foam padding that can break off, posing a choking hazard.

According to the CPSC, the company has received 117 reports of children biting the stroller arm bar foam padding, including five reports of children choking or gagging on foam fragments.

Consumers are urged to immediately remove the arm bar from recalled strollers and contact Britax for a free zippered arm bar cover.

Affected strollers were sold for $500 from April 2010 to January 2016 at Babies R Us, buybuy BABY, Target, as well as online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com and other retailers.

Affected strollers and seat top replacements can be identified by the following codes and model numbers:

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