Safety seats withdrawn after tests
Two child booster seats have been withdrawn from sale after tests carried out for a survey by Dudley Trading Standards raised concern over their safety.
The survey tested the safety of child seats designed to be fitted to a dining room chair to boost or restrain children between six and 30 months-old. The tests were carried out by an accredited laboratory that tested the seats for compliance with British and European safety standards.
Out of the six child booster seats sampled by Dudley Trading Standards, one seat restraint presented a serious safety concern that could result in strangulation and one booster seat presented a serious safety concern that could result in injuries to the child from a fall from height. All six samples failed to comply with various labelling requirements.
Tests found that the Koo-di Pack-it Seat Me Safe travel seat, being sold online at £13.99, used a drawstring that was ‘within reach of a child and a child’s neck’ and posed ‘a strangulation hazard’. Following the council’s tests, the importer of this product swiftly removed this item from sale and carried out a voluntary Europe-wide recall of the product and advised purchasers to stop using the product immediately.
The laboratory also found the Aihome MAMIYANI booster seat, being sold online for £10.79, could be used without the crotch restraint being engaged, which could result in the child falling from the seat.
RAPEX alerts have been issued in relation to both of these products, which cascades information about the hazards throughout Europe. Ebay and Amazon online sales platforms have also cooperated with the removal of the unsafe products from their sales platforms.
Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:
This survey was carried out in the wake of Dudley Trading Standards prosecuting another importer, Venture Distribution Ltd, for selling unsafe Qfix booster seats. That company received a £10,000 fine and the director was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid community service.
These child products are designed to help a parent at busy meal times and must keep the child safe while being seated. Parents expect to buy safe products and this excellent work by trading standards has resulted in these two unsafe seats being removed from sale.
Dudley Trading Standards advise if you think that you have bought an affected Koo-di travel seat, see the product recall notice for further information at https://koo-di.com/pages/product-recall-notice.
The product recall of the Venture Qfix booster seat can be found at https://www.ventureuk.com/product-safety-notices-and-recalls/.
To return an unsafe MAMIYANI booster seat, contact the sales platform from which the purchase was made.
Notes to editors:
RAPEX is an EU-wide rapid information exchange system for products (except food, pharmaceutical and medical devices) found to pose a serious health and/or safety risk.