Britax Recalls More than 600,000 Strollers Due to Defect That Causes Falls

As the father of a young child, I’m always concerned to read about defects in kids’ equipment that can pose a risk of injury.

For infants, a fall of just a few feet can be extremely serious and even fatal.

It’s, therefore, alarming how often we read about recalls of children’s equipment like strollers and car seats after reports of injuries.

This week Britax announced it has recalled more than 600,000 strollers after discovering a defect that can cause child seats to disengage and children to fall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission received 33 reports of its car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers. It said 26 children were injured, predominantly with cuts, scratches, and bruises.

Britax stroller is a safety hazard

The Britax stroller subject to a recall (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

For further details of the seats recalled, see the CPSC website.

The product recall affects Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company is specifically recalling Click & Go receivers that allow a car seat carrier to attach to a stroller frame.

The strollers in question were sold at Target, Babies R Us, and other stores nationwide, and at Amazon.com, albeebaby.com, buybuybaby.com, ToysRUs.com, diapers.com, and other websites from 2011 to February 2017.

Media reports said the model number is found on the inside of the stroller’s metal frame close to the right rear wheel for single strollers. The number is located at the front middle underside of the frame on double strollers.

Stroller owners affected by the recall can contact Britax for a free repair kit.

Equipment for children fails with an alarming regularity. Last year, we chronicled a series of failures that posed a danger to children and infants. You can read about some of these alarming instances here.

Some of these defects led to a loss of life. About seven years ago, new regulations related to children’s cribs were brought in after drop-side cribs caused the deaths of infants.

In 2014, Graco products were the subject of a recall. Buckles were sticking on children’s car seats. It’s horrifying to imagine a child involved in a car crash or a fire and being stuck in his or her car seat.

Graco recalled of about 4 million child seats. When food or dried liquids got lodged in the buckle, it became difficult to open, leading to the buckle getting stuck in a closed position.

If your child has been injured by defective equipment, call our Virginia product liability team at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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