Britax recalls over 71,000 infant seats

DETROIT (AP) — Britax Child Safety is recalling more than 71,000 infant car seats because the carrying handles can break.

The recall covers the B-Safe 35, the B-Safe 35 Elite and the B-Safe 35 Travel System made from Oct. 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015.

Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the seats have handles that can develop cracks that can lead to fractures. Britax says it received 74 complaints about handles cracking or breaking. One infant suffered a bruise and bump to the head when the handle broke and the seat fell to the ground.

The seats were sold at Babies R Us, buybuy BABY, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com and other online retailers from November 2014 to January 2016 for between $210 and $250.

Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Britax will notify registered owners and ship them a kit at no cost that includes a carry handle reinforcing bracket. The recall is expected to start on Friday.

Britax can be reached at  800-683-2045 from 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, or by email atBritax.Recall@britax.com. Consumers can also visit the firm’s website athttp://www.us.Britax.com and click on “Safety Notice” at the top right of the page.

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