71,000 Britax Car Seats Recalled Due to Handle Breaks

Britax is recalling more than 71,000 of its infant car seats due to the fact that the handles used to carry the seats can break.

In a regulatory filing Britax reported yesterday, the company disclosed that it would be recalling more than 71,000 of its car seats in the United States because the carrying handles could break. Britax told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it had received one report of infant injury, a bruise and bump on the head, but it made sure to clarify on its website that the handle defect would not compromise protection in the event of a crash.

Complaints began to surface last May and totaled 74 reports of handles fracturing, cracking, or breaking while in use. In June, the company rolled out what it called a standard development update to the design of the car seats. Complaints stopped after that change, the manufacturer claims.

Federal regulations require that a manufacturer report a plan for product recall within five days of becoming aware of the problem. Penalties would follow if a company failed to do so.

Which car seats are affected?

According to information on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the recall affects Britax infant car seat models B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Travel System, and B-Safe 35 Elite. Consumers who own the defective car seat models can contact the manufacturer to receive a repair kit.