Thousands of baby car seats recalled amid safety fears
THOUSANDS of baby car seats have been recalled due to safety concerns.
More than 10,000 high-end child car seats are being taken off store shelves across the country.
About 6,000 units of Maxi-Cosi's Euro Convertible Car Seat A2 model are to be officially recalled from sale this Friday.
It comes after 5,000 units of a later model, the A4, were removed from sale last Friday.
The A2 model is to be recalled after parents found the straps of the model could dangerously loosen while driving.
This has the potential for a child to eject from their seat in the event of a crash.
The A4 model was voluntarily removed by the company last week after it emerged the model was distributed without having its safety standard certification, meaning it was effectively being sold illegally.
Product Safety Recall Australia states on its website that the Euro A2 with a manufacture date been September 16, 2014 and March 12, 2015 were affected.
The warning states "in some instances, the fabric around the harness adjuster mechanism may get caught in the mechanism, allowing the shoulder harnesses to loosen without lifting the harness adjuster."
"If the harness is loosened the child restraint is no longer effective in restraining the child in the event of an accident or sudden braking, increasing the risk of injury to the child."
The product was sold nationally at stores including Baby Bunting, Bubs Baby Shops, My Baby Warehouse, Toys 'R' Us, and Independent Specialty retailers.
Motoring groups have issued their warnings of the recall.
RACQ posted the recall on its Facebook page and urged parents to share the announcement.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
Product Safety Recall Australia urges customers to identify if they have Euro A2 with a date of manufacture between 16 September 2014 to the 12 March 2015. Dorel will provide consumers with a free replacement trim for affected car seats. The old trim will be returned to Dorel and not the retailer.
As an interim solution, ensure that the harness adjuster is free of any impediments when fitting a child into the restraint.
For more information on identifying the date of manufacture visit the IGC Dorel website www.maxi-cosi.com.au
To arrange a replacement car seat cover email customer firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 809 526