Late last month, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of over 71,000 infant car seats manufactured by Britax. According to the recall, the handle of the car seat can crack and break, which could allow the car seat to fall unexpectedly and could potentially injure the child inside. The recall is for the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite car seat models that were manufactured between October 2014 and July 2015.
The affected car seats can be used both as an infant carrier and as a rear-facing car seat. The seats were sold at a variety of nationwide retailers including Target, Amazon, and Babies R Us for between $210 and $250. Consumers who are concerned about their seats can check the model number, which is printed on the seat, and compare it against the models that have been recalled.
The company has received 74 reports of handles either cracking or breaking while in use. One baby suffered a bump on the head when the handle broke and the carrier fell on the ground. According to the recall notice, the car seats are still safe for use in a motor vehicle or a stroller – the recall only concerns the handle and carrying the seat by the handle. Until the car seat has been fixed, it should not be lifted by or carried by the carry handle.
Britax is also recalling some stroller models after reports that the foam padding on the strollers arm can come off in fragments if the child bites the arm bar, which can cause a choking hazard. The stroller recall applies to Britax B-Ready strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats. There have been 117 reports of children biting the arm bar’s padding, and five children choked or gagged on foam pieces.
Companies have a duty to ensure that their products are safe, particularly when infants and children are involved. If a company fails in that duty, a consumer who is harmed by the company’s products can sue for damages, including medical expenses and pain and suffering. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you have been injured by a defective consumer product at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more about our firm.