Britax car seat clips

June 23, 2017 — Chest clips for more than 100 models of Britax Child Safety cars seats are being recalled over concerns that a tab could break and create a choking hazard for infants.

No injuries have been reported so far, the company says. More than 200,000 car seats are affected, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to the company.

The chest clip is on the Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and BOB B-Safe 35 infant seats. The products were manufactured between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017. To see the model numbers that are included in the voluntary recall, or to check the serial number of your seat, visit the company’s website set up for this recall at www.bsafe35clip.com. You can find the serial numbers on the “Date of Manufacture” label on the lower frame of the seat.

To replace the defective chest clip, Britax is offering customers a free kit that contains a clip that’s made of a different material. The kit comes with step-by-step instructions for replacement. People are urged to monitor their current chest clip until a replacement arrives.

Britax Recalls Chest Clips For 207,000 Carseats

If you own a Britax B-Safe carseat you should check to see if it’s part of the company’s latest safety recall covering chest clips for 207,000 safety seats.
Britax recalled the clips 207,037 B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, and BOB B-Safe 35 carseats after finding that the chest clip could break. The company stresses that the seats are still safe to use.
According to a notice posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if the chest clip breaks it could pose a choking hazard, increasing the risk of injury to children.
While Britax says it is unaware of any choking injuries related to the recall, NHTSA’s complaint database includes several incidents in which the chest clip has broken.
In a complaint filed this month, the owner of a Britax B Safe 35 said that her older child notified her that the chest clip on the carseat had come unlatched. When the woman pulled over to fix the issue, she found that the clip was broken and no longer usable.
Another complaint noted that the shoulder strap chest clip came apart while driving at 70 miles-per-hour. The driver coasted to a stop and noticed that the shoulder strap chest clip was cracked.
Britax says that it will inform carseat owners of the recall and will provide a replacement clip free of charge. Owners may contact Britax at 1-833-474-7016 or visit www.bsafe35clip.com.
The recalled carseats, manufactured between Nov. 1, 2015 and May 31, 2017 can be identified by the below model numbers:

(Updated to clarify that the recall is for the clip, not the entire carseat, and that Britax says the seats are still safe to use.)

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Consumerist.

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seats – carry handle reinforcement

From: Transport Canada

Motor Vehicle Safety
Information: 1-800-333-0371

TP 14566 — Public Notice
Child Restraint Systems
2016-P01 E
January 21, 2016

Manufacturer:

Britax Child Safety, Inc.
4140 Pleasant Road
Fort Mill, SC 29708
www.us.britax.com

Importer:

Britax Child Safety Ltd
PO Box 7289 RPO Brunswick Square
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 9Z9
www.britax.ca

Consumer Contact:

[email protected] or 1-800-683-2045

Media Contact:

Kate Clark 1-704-409-2269

Models and Model Numbers Affected:

Britax B-Safe 35 CAN Infant Car Seats:
E9LV15M (Black), E9LV15P (Red) and E9LV13F (Sandstone)

Britax B-Safe 35 CAN Travel Systems:
S914300 (Black), S914700 (Red) and S914500 (Sandstone)

Dates of Manufacture:

October 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015 inclusively

Number of Units:

3,868

Geographical Distribution:

Across Canada

Issue:

The infant car seat carry handle can develop cracks and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.

To date, Britax has received 74 reports, including one from Canada, of the handle developing fractures, cracks, or breaking while in use. These incidents have resulted in one injury report in the United States where the unit dropped to the ground and the infant received a bump to their head. Transport Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to this defect.

This defect does not affect the safety performance of the seat when used in a motor vehicle. It is safe for consumers to continue to use their car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller. However, the car seat should not be lifted or carried by the carry handle until the remedy kit has been installed.

Consumer Recourse:

Consumers should determine whether their infant car seat is included in the recall by verifying the model number and date of manufacture against the information above or by visiting the website dedicated to this recall (www.bsafe35recall.com). This recall affects only certain infant car seat models manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a label affixed to the back of the seat. Please refer to the information above or visit the link to determine if your infant car seat is affected.

Registered owners will receive a free remedy kit containing instructions and a carry handle bracket that will attach to the infant car seat carry handle to reinforce it.

Non-registered owners of affected infant car seats can register online at: www.bsafe35recall.com. Non-registered owners can also contact Britax at 1-800-683-2045 or [email protected] to register and receive a remedy kit, free of charge. Remedy kits should be received within 10 to 14 business days of registration.

Before installing the remedy kit, consumers should carefully review the printed instructions and note that a video detailing how to install the kit is available at: www.bsafe35recall.com.

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Date modified: 2019-01-31

Britax Recalls Infant Seat Chest Clip Over Choking Hazard

The chest clip on some Britax infant seats may present a choking hazard, prompting the company to issue a recall Tuesday.

Dozens of model numbers of B-Safe 35, BOB B-Safe 35 or 35 Elite infant seats and infant car seats are affected by the recall, for which a remedy kit is being made available. No injuries have so far been reported to the car seat and stroller manufacturer.

The company notes that the infant car seats remain safe in a crash, and that while the term “recall” is being used, the entire seat does not need to be replaced. A document and a video on the Britax website explain how to switch out the clip for the sturdier replacement.

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The following model numbers are affected, if they were manufactured between November 1, 2015 or after May 31, 2017:

Warranty Replacement Part: S03421600

BOB B-Safe 35 by Britax
E9LT34A, E9LT34C, E9LT35X, EXLT34A, E9LT54A, E9LT54C, E9LT55X

To sign up for the free remedy kit — a free replacement clip is being sent to those who have already registered their product — visit , or call 833-474-7016 on Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET or Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET.

The recall is being made with regulatory agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Earlier this year, the company recalled B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click and Go receivers over a damaged receiver mount following reports of car seats unexpectedly disengaging from strollers and falling, leading to more than two dozen scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps on the head.

CORRECTION: (June 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m. ET): An earlier headline on this article incorrectly identified the item being recalled. The recall is for chest clips on child safety seats.

Britax infant car seats – chest clip replacement

From: Transport Canada

Motor Vehicle Safety
Information: 1-800-333-0371

TP 14566 – Public Notice
Child Restraint Systems
2017-P05 E
June 28, 2017

Manufacturer:

Britax Child Safety, Inc.
4140 Pleasant Road
Fort Mill, SC 29708
U.S.A.
www.us.britax.com

Importer:

Britax Child Safety Ltd
PO Box 7289 RPO Brunswick Square
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 9Z9
www.britax.ca

Consumer Contact

Customer Service: 1-833-474-7016

Media Contact:
Kate Clark
1-704-409-2269

Models and Model Numbers Affected:

Britax B-Safe 35

Infant Car Seats: E1A193F, E1A195M, E1A195P, E1A196X, E1A196Z, E9LV16R, E9LV17D

Britax B-Safe 35 Elite

Infant Car Seats: E9LV21Q, E9LV26C, E9LV26L, E9LV27F, E9LV27G, E9LV2Q8

Travel Systems:
S01298700, S04184000, S06051300

BOB B-Safe 35 by Britax

Infant Car Seats: E9LT54A, E9LT54C, E9LT55X

Dates of Manufacture

November 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017 inclusively

Number of Units:

17,480

Geographic Distribution:

Across Canada

Britax has determined that certain infant car seats contain a defect with the chest clip that could result in injury. The center tab on the chest clip can break presenting a choking hazard to an infant in the car seat. There have been three reports of broken chest clip tabs found in the mouth of a child, none of those incidents were in Canada. There have been no reported choking injuries. Transport Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to this defect.

Company Action:

Britax is providing a free replacement chest clip to registered users and anyone with an affected seat who makes a request. The replacement clip is manufactured with a different material that improves the durability of the tab. When looking at the back of the chest clip, the recalled component has the letters “ABS” and the replacement component has the letters “PC”. The replacement clip also carries a new part number and a visually identifiable shiny tab so the new clip can be recognized from the front.

Consumer Recourse:

Consumers should determine whether their infant car seat is included in the recall by verifying the model number and date of manufacture against the information above or by visiting the website dedicated to this recall (www.bsafe35clip.com). This recall affects only certain infant car seat models manufactured between November 1, 2015 and May 31, 2017. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a label affixed to the back of the seat. Please refer to the information above or visit the link to determine if your infant car seat is affected.

Registered owners will receive a free remedy kit that contains step-by-step instructions and a replacement chest clip made from a different material that improves the durability of the tab.

Non-registered owners, or owners who have moved, can contact Britax at www.bsafe35clip.com or 1-833-474-7016 to register and order a remedy kit.

Before installing the replacement chest clip, review the printed step-by-step instructions and/or watch the how-to video at: www.bsafe35clip.com.

Date modified: 2019-01-31

Britax Announces A Safety Recall Of Chest Clip On Certain B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite And BOB B-Safe® 35 Infant Car Seats

“Our mission is to deliver safe products parents can depend on,” said Maria Montaño, President of Britax Americas. “We’re committed to doing better by bringing new insights and thinking to everything we do, which includes making significant investments in our technology as well as research and development.”

Consumers can continue to safely use the affected car seats if they remove the chest clip or monitor the center tab of the chest clip for signs of breakage. The chest clip is not a required safety device: it is added to the harness system to help position the shoulder straps. Consumers should always ensure harness straps are tight and properly positioned at or slightly below the child’s shoulders. To verify the tightness of the harness straps consumers should make sure they cannot vertically pinch any webbing at the child’s collar bone.

To determine if your infant car seat is included in the recall, visit: www.bsafe35clip.com and follow these steps:

  1. Look for the Date of Manufacture (DOM) label on the back of the infant car seat shell.
  2. Compare the DOM details to the model numbers and date range listed on the site.
  3. If your seat is affected and you registered your seat, you will automatically be sent a free replacement chest clip.
  4. If your seat is affected and you didn’t register your seat, you can order your free kit here: www.bsafe35clip.com.
  5. Until you receive your replacement chest clip, you can continue to safely use the car seat as long as you remove your current chest clip or monitor the center tab of the chest clip for signs of breakage.
  6. Before installing the new replacement chest clip, review the printed step-by-step instructions and/or watch the how-to video on the site.
  7. Do not return product to the retailer.

Consumers with any questions can speak with a Britax Customer Service representative by calling 1-833-474-7016. Our extended Customer Service business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET and on Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

About Britax Child Safety Inc.
Britax manufactures a full line of safe, high-quality and intuitively designed premium car seats, strollers and accessories. Britax Americas sets and exceeds safety standards in the U.S and Canada, and engineers, tests and assembles more than 90 percent of its car seats in the United States. In 2011, Britax expanded its product line by acquiring BOB gear, a leading manufacturer of high-quality strollers and stroller accessories. The Britax Child Safety, Inc. Americas Headquarters is located in Fort Mill, S.C. and employs over 200 people.

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312-396-9763

SOURCE Britax Child Safety, Inc.