A friend from work gave me the car seat she used for her daughter. (It's not expired and hasn't been in any accidents.) It's a Britax B-safe.
Anyway, I was looking at it today, and I am concerned that it might be missing an infant insert/head support. The Britax website is down, so I can't check it. And, I can't tell from the product description on amazon and other sites whether or not I am missing a piece.
Re: Car seat question
You may have viewed the b safe elite online and saw the difference with that head wing type part and thought yours was missing it?
Now I think the regular b safe has a little extra pillow type infant supporter that might go in and is removable. It would be just a 1/2 oval shaped piece that would go around the head of a newborn to help support them . If that is missing it really isn't a big deal. You could buy a head supporter at probably any store that has baby stuff and it would probably be more supportive than the one that came with the carseat itself. The carseat ones are generally pretty whimpy. Or its not really necessary at all....or at least never was for me but I have those big babies that are not really swallowed up by a carseat even when first born. Also, usually those little removable parts like that can be reordered from the manufacture itself if you really wanted one.
I just bought the b safe elite myself for this baby. I have owned many infant seats and really like this one. One of my favorite things is that the base on it is very slim. It takes up less than the full width of a seating area in my vehicle. I can have a regular carseat next to it, the b safe elite and then an adult size person can sit next to that without any squishing in. This is important to me who has a full vehicle load! Anyways, its a great made seat so if I was you I would not hesitate to use it. They are more expensive than a lot of infant car seats so its saving you a bundle and you are getting one of the best out there!
Anyways, it doesn't effect the performance of the seat or safety. Its just sort of a comfort type thing. When my first was born no car seats out there came with things like those supporter pieces. We rolled up little receiving blankets and placed them beside babies. Some time after that I started seeing the supporters you could purchase seperately and then they started including them in seats.
The Britax stroller is nice too. I purchased another stroller a little less than a year ago and looked at the Britax. What I didn't like was that the doubles kit placed the second seat so low to the ground and practically under the stroller. That kid would have very little view and I can't imagine they would enjoy that much. Of course not an issue with just one child but something to consider if another is in the plans! I went with the baby jogger city select because it was back to front double and both kids sat up high and both seats had a high weight limit. I love it. I just bought the connectors for my b safe for it. makes it function like the britax stroller where you just click the car seat in. You can remove them and use a stroller seat or slip them into the slots for the seat and use the car seat instead.