Read about the latest child safety seat recall here to make sure your kids are safe in the car
Britax has posted a recent car seat safety recall. According to a recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation:
Britax is recalling certain B-Safe 35 child seats manufactured October 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015, including the following models:
- E9LS63F and
- EXLU65M and
- B-Safe 35 Elite child seats.
- E9LS66C and E9LS65U, and B-Safe 35 Travel Systems.
- S921900, and
The affected child restraints have handles that may develop cracks in, under, and around the carry handle grip. The cracks may lead to the handle fracturing and the seat falling while being carried. If the seat falls, there is an increased risk of injury to the infant in the child restraint. This flaw also weakens the car seat in the vehicle, especially in case of sudden impact from a car accident.
Britax will notify all registered owners, and will ship them a remedy kit that includes a carry handle reinforcing bracket, free of charge.
The recall began Jan. 22, 2016.
What to do if you have a Britax car seat on the recall list
If you own one of these Britax car seats, contact Britax customer service at (800) 683-2045 or Britax.Recall@Britax.com.
In addition, I recently blogged about the one simple step you can do that can save your child’s life involving car seats. It’s to register for a recall list. Here’s how:
Upon purchasing a child car seat, manufacturers will give you a registration card. This is so when recalls that could affect the performance of the car seat occur, parents are the first to know – before a serious malfunction happens. It really only takes a minute or two:
- Have the information on the make and model of the car seat ready. You can find it on the car seat label.
- Fill in your name and address on the card and mail it in.
- You can also register your seat by going to the manufacturer’s website or safercar.gov.
It’s also best to have a certified child car seat inspector take a look to see if it’s installed properly. Here’s a Child Car Seat Inspection State Locator from Safercar.gov.
For more notices like this and to monitor your own car seat model, visit Safercar.gov.
Car accidents are the top killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But Safe Kids Worldwide says correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.