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Britax Recalls More Than 71,000 Infant Car Seats

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of thousands of infant car searts Thursday.

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Better check your car seats, guys.

Britax is recalling more than 71,000 infant seats. The recall affects the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite models, manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

And the reason behind the recall is pretty scary: The carry handle can crack and break, allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly and posing a risk of injury. Yikes!

According to the Britax website: "The car seat should not be lifted or carried by the carry handle until the remedy kit has been installed." The company went on to say the recall does not affect the safety of the seat when used in a car, however, and it's safe for "consumers to continue to use their car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller."

Still, the company has received 74 reports of handles developing fractures, cracks, and/or breaking while in use, including one report of an infant who received a bump on the head when the carrier fell to the ground, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to a safety alert posted on the Commission's website, the affected products have a canopy, black shell, and base, and were sold in a variety of colors at stores like Babies R Us, buybuy BABY, Target, Amazon.com, and Diapers.com. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on a label located at the back of the car seat/carrier shell.

Models included in the recall are:

B-Safe 35:

E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F, EXLU65M

B-Safe Elite:

E9LS55T, E9LS56P, E9LS55U, E9LS66C, E9LS65U

B-Safe Travel System:

BS914900, S915400, S915200, S921900, S01635200

You can also register your model number at the Britax site to check if your car seat is affected by the recall.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.