If the brand is Britax, look more carefully. Your young one could be in danger.
Earlier this year, Britax, a manufacturer of some commonly used strollers and car seats, issued a massive recall of some of their products.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall applies to Britax B-Ready strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats. Says the CPSC, “the foam padding on the stroller’s arm bar can come off in fragments if the child bites the arm bar, posing a choking hazard. The strollers and top seats in question were manufactured between April 2010 and December 2012 — with around 49,000 sold in the U.S. and 11,000 in Canada. The recall comes after Britax received 117 reports of “children biting the arm bar foam padding, including five reports of children choking or gagging on foam fragments.”
Specific model numbers are listed at CPSC web site, www.cpsc.gov. You will be able to see if your model stroller is affected. If so, you can contact Britax for free replacement parts for your stroller.
In the car seat category, the recall is of the Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats and travel systems. As the CPSC notes, “the car seat carry handle can crack and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.”
These models were made between October 2014 and July 2015. “Britax has received 74 reports of handles developing fractures, cracks and/or breaking while in use, including one report of an infant who received a bump on the head when the carrier fell to the ground,” states the CPSC notice.
Again, check CPSC web site for more details and the opportunity to get a free repair kit.
In the meantime, stop carrying the car seat by its handle. It can continue to be used in a car or stroller, however.
These latest recalls are again proof that you should always register a new product with the manufacturer if given the opportunity. You will automatically be at the top of the list for getting new information on your product and also critical information on recalls.
You should also be aware that even though a product – whether it be a child’s car seat, an automobile, or a medicine – is recalled, that does not necessarily mean that you are not due damages should any product cause you harm due to manufacturing errors, irresponsible labeling, or a number of other things.
Most manufacturers are responsible and will do everything they can to test products time and time again to assure safety in the use or ingestion of their products. Still, there are times when serious errors or omissions occur.
Theodoros & Rooth has over 110 years of experience dealing with personal injury cases of all kinds, including defective products. If you suspect that you were seriously injured because of a defective product, or from the irresponsible behavior of another, contact us right away for a free consultation.