Safety signpost: Illegal car seats that rip apart on impact at 30mph have been discovered on sale in the UK

22 Sep 2014

A young girl wearing a seat beat in a car

Surrey Trading Standards and Which? have issued a warning over illegal car seats that pose a serious threat to child safety.

When tested by Britax at 30mph, the seats ripped apart, hurling the crash-test dummy the size of a three-year-old child through the front of the car.

The fabric seats, which don’t meet any British safety standards, are being sold illegally to customers in the UK through foreign websites. Having received one complaint, Surrey Trading Standards uncovered many more available online.

It has notified the government, and is working with Ebay and Amazon to remove the seats from the market.

Helyn Clack from Surrey County said:

“Our priority is protecting Surrey families from these killer car seats, which tear apart so easily.

"We’ll continue to track and seize these deadly car seats, but our operation in England is just the tip of the iceberg as global online sales are our biggest problem.”

CAPT is urging parents to buy car seats made by established companies, and where possible have them fitted by an expert.

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