More than 700,000 car seat strollers have been recalled by federal safety officials following more than 1,300 consumer complaints indicating the receiver mount on the stroller can disengage, causing the car seat to fall unexpectedly, posing fall and injury hazards to children.
The Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 16, following 1,337 reports of strollers with damaged Click & Go receiver mounts. To date, the agency has received 33 reports of the car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers and falling to the ground, resulting in 26 reported injuries including scratches, bruises, cuts, and bumps to the head.
The strollers being recalled are equipped with a Click & Go receiver mount that allows the infant’s car seat to attach to the stroller for mobility. According to consumer reports, the Click & Go receivers may break or disengage from the receiver attachment allowing the car seat to fall away from the stroller.
Included in the recall are the single and double occupant Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers equipped with the Click & Go receiver mounts that attach the car seat carrier to the stroller frame. The strollers were sold in a variety of colors and are designed to fold over for easy storage.
Recalled model numbers can be found on the inside of the stroller’s metal frame near the right wheel for single strollers, and in the front middle underside of the frame for the double strollers. For a full list of the recalled B-Agile and Bob Motion strollers please visit the CPSC recall notice (linked above).
According to the CPSC, an estimated 676,000 recalled strollers were sold throughout the United States, another 36,400 were sold in Canada, and an additional 4,600 were distributed for sale in Mexico.
The strollers were manufactured in China under Britax Child Safety Inc., of Fort Mill, South Carolina. They were distributed for sale at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target and various other stores nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com, albeebaby.com, buybuybaby.com, diapers.com, ToysRUS.com and other websites from May 2011 through February 2017. The stroller and full travel systems prices ranged from $250 and $470, depending on the retailer.
Customers are being asked to stop using the Click & Go receiver mounts immediately and contact Britax at 844-227-0300 for a free repair kit for single strollers. Owners of the double strollers are being asked to stop using them with car seats attached. Customers with further questions may also visit Britax online at www.us.britax.com and navigate to the “Safety Notice” link or email the company at email@example.com.
This is the latest in a string of stroller recalls over the last year, including another by Britax in January 2016, which affected more than 135,000 car seats and infant strollers that the CPSC determined carried choking hazards and fall risks.
According to a study published in Academic Pediatrics in August 2016, more than 17,000 children under the age of five are injured every year by strollers and carriers. The study determined that more than 360,000 young children were treated in emergency rooms nationwide due to stroller and infant carrier injuries from 1990 to 2010.