Unsafe car seats still on sale – Which? investigates

Unsafe car seats still on sale – Which? investigates


– Illegal and potentially unsafe car seats
are being sold by various sellers on market places such as Amazon, eBay and
Aliexpress. When Britax crash tested one of these styles of car seats in 2014 this
is what happened. The product descriptions of these are
extremely misleading. They’re marketed as being suitable for very young babies and
toddlers with accompanying photos but as the Britax video shows if you were
involved in a crash while using one of these seats it’s unlikely to provide any
protection. – The car seats identified in our investigation don’t have any kind of
side impact protection. They also don’t have the kind of padding and support
required to keep a baby or toddler safe in the event of a collision. The seat
belt won’t sit in the correct position across your child’s body and by law car
seats are required to have a red central harness release button which these car
seats do not. If you’re buying a car seat look out for the distinct orange labels.
These will say regulation 44 or regulation 129. That means
they’ve been safely tested and they’re OK to buy. – We always advise to buy from
a reputable car seat seller who can answer any of your questions and help
you fit it correctly. It’s important never to buy one secondhand as you can’t
tell just from looking at one whether or not it’s been involved in any crashes
and any internal damage could compromise structural safety. Car seats should come
with instructions written in clear English and if the price seems too good
to be true, it probably is. When we contacted Amazon eBay and Aliexpress all
three told us that child safety is of paramount importance to them and they
prohibit the sale or listing of non-compliant items by sellers. They
further confirmed that they’ve already taken prompt action to remove the
specific products that we alerted them to.
For more information on car seat laws and labeling, visit which.co.uk/carseatlaws