One more Britax recall today and this one is on the Britax B-Ready models from a few years ago. This recall has to do with the older style baby bumper bar (aka “arm bar”) that was foam covered! (Remember how I’m always preaching that I don’t like foam covered baby bumper bars? This is why.) The newer models of the B-Ready (2013 and newer) are not affected because they have a zippered fabric cover. The older ones unfortunately do not and have a foam piece that can break off and pose a choking hazard for babies and toddlers.
Britax Child Safety, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, is conducting a voluntary recall of select B-Ready stroller and replacement top seat models. This recall involves the foam-padded arm bar on select B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats manufactured between April 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012. The model numbers included in this recall are identified in the table below.
How Many Are Recalled?
About 49,000 in the U.S. (in addition, 11,000 were sold in Canada)
This recall involves Britax B-Ready strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats that were sold separately. The B-Ready strollers have a silver or black frame with a solid-colored top seat in a variety of colors. The Britax logo is on the stroller’s side hinges and foot rest. B-Ready is printed on the sides of the stroller frame. The stroller’s model number and date of manufacture are printed on a label on the stroller’s frame between the front wheels or on the inside frame that connects to the back right wheel. The replacement top seats were sold separately in a variety of colors and fit into the stroller’s frame. The replacement top seat’s model number and date of manufacture are printed on a black label on the right side tube above the adjuster button, under the fabric cover.
Model numbers and dates of manufacture included in this recall are as follows:
Britax B-Ready stroller date of manufacture sticker location:
Britax has received 117 reports of children biting the arm bar foam padding, including five reports of children choking or gagging on foam fragments.
If you own recalled product, please follow the steps below:
- Visit www.B-ReadyRecall.com to request a kit containing a zippered fabric arm bar cover and warning label.
- Remove and discontinue use of the foam-padded arm bar until you receive and apply the zippered fabric cover and warning label. Using the stroller or replacement top seat without the arm bar is safe and permitted. The arm bar is used for child passengers to rest their hands and is not critical for safe use of the stroller or replacement top seat.
- Once you receive the kit, please follow the detailed instructions on how to apply the zippered fabric cover and warning label.
If you have questions or concerns, you should contact the Britax Customer Service Department at the dedicated recall line: 1-800-683-2045. Customer Service business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 5:45 pm (ET) and Friday 8:30 am – 4:45 pm (ET). If you live outside of the US or Canada, you should e-mail Britax.Recall@britax.com.
Babies R Us, buybuy Baby, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com and other websites from April 2010 through January 2016 for about $500 for the stroller. The replacement top seats were sold by Britax from April 2010 through January 2016 for about $150.
Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, S.C.