Warning over hidden dangers of car seats

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FAMILIES with young children are being warned not to buy illegal car seats which are supplied direct from China and fail all safety standards.

West Sussex Trading Standards officers have been working with online retail giant Amazon to have the products removed from their marketplace site.

The seats are made from fabric and not solid construction like most car seats.

They also have four catches securing the straps, which is illegal. There must only be one quick release mechanism that releases all straps at once so the child can be removed quickly after an accident.

Peter Aston, Trading Standards manager in West Sussex, said: ‘We are aware of similar car seats that have been tested and this has shown that they provide totally inadequate protection and I have no doubt that in a car accident there is a strong possibility that any child in one would be killed.’

The illegal car seat is labelled ‘Paibi Bear’.