Infant Carrier Seats & Strollers Made by Britax Child Safety Recalled


Bitrax Child Safety Inc., recallHealth Canada and Transport Canada are recalling select infant carrier seats and stollers made by Bitrax Child Safety Inc. due to safety concerns. (Health Canada website)

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Health Canada and Transport Canada are recalling select infant carrier seats and stollers made by Britax Child Safety Inc. due to safety concerns.

B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35/ B-Agile Travel Systems manufactured between Oct. 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 are being recalled due to reports of cracks that developed on the handle of the car seat.

B-Ready Stollers and the B-Ready Top Seat Accessory manufactured between April, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012 are also a part of the recall.

Health Canada warns that foam on the arm bar of the stroller may pose a choking hazard to children.

No injuries have been reported in Canada in relation to any of the recalled products.

Affected products

Certain B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seats and Travel Systems

Product description

This recall involves the carry handle on certain B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35/B-Agile Travel Systems manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The product can be used as a rear-facing only car seat or as an infant carrier. It comes with a black shell and base and a solid colored canopy. The Britax logo is printed on both sides of the seat shell and on the carry handle grip.  Model numbers are printed on a date of manufacturer (DOM) label located at the back of the infant car seat shell.

In Canada, the infant car seats with the following model numbers are included in the recall:
Britax Infant Car Seats and Travel SystemsModel NumberDates of Manufacture (YYYY/MM/DD)
B-Safe 35E9LV13F, E9LV15M, E9LV15POctober 1, 2014 (2014/10/01)
July 1, 2015 (2015/07/01)
B-Safe 35/B-Agile Travel SystemS914300, S914500, S914700

Hazard identified

The infant car seat carry handle can develop cracks and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

Britax has received 74 reports (one in Canada) of the handle developing fractures, cracks, or breaking while in use. These incidents have resulted in one injury report in the United States where the unit dropped to the ground and the infant received a bump to their head.

Number sold

Approximately 3,900 seats were sold in Canada and about 71,000 were distributed in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled seats were sold from November 1, 2014 to January 1, 2016 at various children’s stores and online.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.


Britax Child Safety, Inc.
Fort Mill
South Carolina
Britax Child Safety, Ltd
Saint John
New Brunswick

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What you should do

Consumers should not lift or carry the car seat by the handle until the repair is installed. All consumers who have registered their product with Britax will automatically receive a free repair kit. To verify registration or to receive a repair kit, consumers can visit Britax recall page. Consumers can continue to safely use the car seat when secured in a vehicle or on a stroller.

For more information, consumers may contact Britax by telephone at 1-800-683-2045 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, by email or online at the Britax website and click on Safety Notice at the top right, or the Britax recall page.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Consumers may view the release by Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) on the Agency’s website (Spanish only).

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.

Man Charged After Driving with Car Almost Totally Covered by Snow


This car was pulled over by the OPP near Brussels, Ontario.
This car was pulled over by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) near Brussels, Ontario. Courtesy of the OPP.

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The driver from Brussels, Ont. was pulled over when police saw his car was covered from roof to bumper with what looked like close to 30 cm of snow.

It might be hard to tell, but yes, there’s a car under all that snow.

On Tuesday afternoon, the OPP’s West Region twitter account posted a photo of a car covered from roof to bumper with what looked like close to 30 cm of snow.

Only a small hole had been made in the blanket of white, over the driver’s side windshield and door.

The OPP said the car was pulled over earlier in the day near Brussels, Ontario.

The driver, an 80-year-old local man, was charged with driving with no clear view and faces a $110 fine.

Police say he was just going for a short drive in town.

While driving, you must have a clear view to front, sides and rear. If not, section 74 (1)(a) & (1)(b) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, which carries fines and a court fee equaling $110.00. The easiest way to avoid a fine would be to clear the snow off of your windows/mirrors before operating it on any road or highway.

The possible charges and fines under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act:

No clear view to front – Section 74(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic ActFine $85.00

No clear view to sides – Section 74(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic ActFine $85.00

No clear view to rear – Section 74(1)(b) of the Highway Traffic ActFine $85.00

The fines cited, also include the Victim Fine Surcharge of $20.00 and the Court Fee of $5.00, which when added to the fine, equals a total payable (this includes Set Fine, Victim Fine Surcharge and the Court Fee) of $110.00.

A York Regional Police Officer Charged After Observed Driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 400


When Ontario Provincial Police showed up, they smelled alcohol and demanded Lee take a breathalyzer test, the appeal said. His blood-alcohol readings were .08 and .077, within the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s “warn range.” As a result, Mr. Lee was subsequently charged with Dangerous Driving.
Ontario Provincial Police charged an off-duty York Regional Police officer with impaired, dangerous driving on Highway 400 and failure to provide a breath sample.

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Vodka accompanied by a car key (not the brand of alcohol that Mr. Lee claimed he was drinking after the accident) After being charged by the OPP with Dangerous Driving, it was Mr. Lee's evidence that he consumed alcohol after he drove home following an accident wherein he drove into a sign on the highway. Given that the Crown could not prove that he drove prior to the accident, Superior Court Justice Robert F. Scott overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.

Ontario Provincial Police charged an off-duty York Regional Police officer with impaired and dangerous driving on Highway 400.

Barrie OPP Const. Graeme Knox said officers responded to a call shortly after midnight on Monday, Jan. 11 from a concerned motorist who saw a vehicle heading south in the northbound lanes of Highway 400 in Oro-Medonte.

“We received a driving complaint and stopped him south of Forbes Road,” Knox said.

The courts have confirmed again and again, that “a police officer is on duty at all times”.

Colin Smith, 42, of Tiny Township has been charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving of a motor vehicle and failure to provide a breath sample.

Knox said a police cruiser was not involved in the incident, but a personal car was impounded for 90 days.

While Cons. Laura Nicolle of York police said she can’t confirm an officer was charged, she did note that an officer who has been with York police since 2004, with the same name and age has recently been suspended with pay.

Don't drink and drive. The consequences may be more than anyone is prepared to handle. The province spends $2.4-million annually on R.I.D.E., an amount that was doubled from $1.2 million in 2007-08. Stops have risen accordingly, from 505,733 in 2007-08 to 1,016,786 in 2011/12. Police laid 693 impaired charges, up from 652 in 2010-11 and 294 in 2009-10.

Ontario: Hospital Parking Fees Finally Frozen & Reduced

Update: see previous posts – December 29, 2012 Oshawa City Council Passes Motion for Province of Ontario to Set Cap on Hospital Parking at $8 a Day, October 13, 2012 Cancer Patient Sick of Paying for Parking at the Hospital Where He Receives Treatment, December 1, 2011 Canadian Medical Association Journal Losing Patience With Hospital Paid Parking

Hospitals have been gouging hospital patients and their families for years. This is a barrier for patients requiring healthcare and in some cases, prevent families and friends from visiting family and friends that need to their loved ones by their sides in their time of need.

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Hospitals will also have to sell multi-day passes that are 50 per cent cheaper than the daily rate for lots that cost more than $10 a day, health minister says.

Ontario’s health minister is taking a scalpel to hospital parking rates with 50 per cent discounts for longer stays starting in October.

The directive, which also prevents hospitals from raising any parking rates for three years and then only by the rate of inflation, applies to lots and garages charging more than $10 daily, Eric Hoskins said Monday.

People should be taking care of their own health or that of a loved one and “not worried about how they’re going to afford parking,” he said at Women’s College Hospital, making good on a 2014 election promise from Premier Kathleen Wynne to tackle the thorny issue.

“Parking fees should not be a barrier to access in health care,” he added. “When patients are surrounded by loved ones they get better, faster.”

The change does not apply to what Hoskins described as “a minority” of hospitals that do not own their parking facilities, such as Sick Kids, Baycrest and the William Osler Health System, although they will be asked to give motorists a break.

Hospitals would have to provide passes good for five, 10 and 30 days that are 50 per cent cheaper than the daily rate, providing it is more than $10, and to make the passes transferable between patients and caregivers, allow in-and-out privileges and good for one year from the date of purchase.

Hoskins said hospitals in Ontario earn about $100 million a year from parking and that the impact of the cuts for patients and visitors who park regularly or frequently will be a “tiny portion” of their budgets.

The Ontario Hospital Association acknowledged there many families face “challenges” with parking but noted the government has encouraged hospitals to generate their own revenue to help cover the rising costs of delivering health care.

“The decision to cut revenues could not come at a worse time,” said Anthony Dale, chief executive of the association.

“After four years without an increase in base operating funding, hospitals are now at a turning point,” he added in a statement, calling for an increase in Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s spring budget.

“It is increasingly difficult for them to invest in other important health care priorities, such as capital improvements to their buildings, new medical and diagnostic equipment, and information and communications technology.”

Canada: Different Road Rules Across the Nation


Nope, it isn’t illegal to drive barefoot anywhere in Canada. And, yes, there really is a law that says you have to honk before passing another car in P.E.I. — but you probably won’t get fined.
Every Province has a rule that says you can’t text unless your legally parked. photo by

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Nope, it isn’t illegal to drive barefoot anywhere in Canada. And, yes, there really is a law that says you have to honk before passing another car in P.E.I. — but you probably won’t get fined.

Canada has 13 different sets of driving laws. That’s bound to make for some strange and unexpected rules. Here are a few that surprised us in 2015:

Stay within the lines in Ontario, if you feel like it: Ontario’s the only province where it’s not illegal to cross the solid lines on the highway.

“A solid line is a restrictive marking that is meant to signal to the driver that passing is unsafe,” says Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation. “In Ontario, lane markings generally serve an advisory or warning function and by themselves do not possess any legal force.”

Even though crossing the lines isn’t officially a no no, you can still be charged if you pass when it’s not safe.

Flashing your high beams won’t magically make drivers get out of your way, anywhere: There’s no law that says a slower driver has to get out of the way if you’re going faster than they are, whether you’re flashing high beams or not.

And flashing those bright lights is a pretty dim idea, says Young Drivers of Canada’s Angelo DiCicco. “You might be confusing them or you might be pissing them off — all you’re doing is annoying, distracting and putting yourself at higher risk,” DiCicco says. “There might be a reason they’re going slow — maybe they’re driving with a spare, maybe they’re on drugs.”

In B.C. and the Yukon, a flashing green light doesn’t mean you have the right of way to make a left turn: There a flashing green means the light only changes when a pedestrian pushes the button. It’s also a warning that the drivers coming from the cross streets have stop signs. “I understand it means something different in other places,” says Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague. “But here, it’s always been to show it’s a light controlled by pedestrians.”

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It’s illegal to pass without honking in Prince Edward Island: In P.E.I., the law says you have to honk before passing, but isn’t usually enforced. “It’s virtually unenforced and the majority of people don’t do it,” says driving instructor Stewart Brookins. “But, it’s basically a good enough idea to make your presence known.”

You shouldn’t “lay on the horn,” but make a single or double tap before you start to pass, Brookins says. A similar law is still on the books in New Brunswick.

It’s not illegal to drive barefoot: “The driving myth we hear the most from people is that it’s illegal to drive in bare feet – but the law doesn’t say that,” says driving instructor Ian Law. “It doesn’t even say in the Highway Traffic Act that you have to wear clothes while driving.”

There are no laws that say what you can – or can’t – wear on your feet while driving a car or motorcycle. So, it’s legal to drive barefoot or wearing sandals, flip-flops or six-inch heels.

But if your footwear, or lack of it, causes you to drive erratically or get in a crash, you could be charged with careless driving.

There’s no tinted love in five provinces: In British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, it’s illegal to have any tint at all on driver and passenger side windows.

“The front side windows on a vehicle are designed to shatter into small pieces the size of a fingernail upon impact,” says Alberta Transportation spokesman Bob McManus. “If you apply film over top of that glass it will not shatter correctly and will laminate into large sharp projectiles that can injure someone in the event of a collision.”

When it comes to road rules, Quebec really is a distinct society: In Quebec, you can’t cut through gas stations or parking lots to get around a red light, you can’t drive in the left lane unless you’re passing another car and you can’t leave kids under 7 in the car alone. Eating poutine behind the wheel? Potentially messy, but not illegal — no province bans eating while driving.

Yep, you can get a ticket for texting in a drive-thru in most places: After an Alberta man got into double double trouble for texting in a Tim Hortons drive-thru, we checked the rules to see where else this could, and couldn’t, happen. Every province has a rule that says you can’t text unless you’re parked.

You won’t get a ticket in Ontario and Quebec. In Ontario, the texting rule — and the rest of the Highway Traffic Act — doesn’t apply on private property. In Quebec, some driving laws apply on private property and others, like the distracted driving law, don’t. Everywhere else? You could get a ticket.

Whatever they’re called, you probably shouldn’t be riding them: Hoverboards don’t hover. Also, they catch on fire. And, in Toronto, Vancouver and a growing list of other places, you’re not allowed to ride them on streets or sidewalks.