The last thing new parents might expect is for a high-cost children’s seat to be patently unsafe. But as recent investigations have revealed, child-seat manufacturer and retailer, Maxi-Cosi, are facing criticism for the sale of unsafe products. As a result, more than ten thousand car-seats have been recalled.
Last week, five thousand units of the company’s ‘Euro Convertible Car Seat 4′ were swiftly withdrawn from sale after it was revealed that the model did not seek a Safety Standard Certification. Similarly, the ‘A2′ model of the seat was recalled after online videos emerged showing that the straps of the seat were so loose, they provided very little safety for children strapped into the seat.
The Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAASA) was the first organisation to notice the safety defect. They alerted their members and the wider public to the crucial flaw, but maintain that the sale of the ‘A4′ product was patently illegal.
“It’s an illegal restraint- shouldn’t be sold, shouldn’t be used,” RAASA spokeswoman Belinda Maloney told the ABC. “Obviously for retailers that’s a problem for them.”
The seat manufacturers – Dorel – maintain that the malfunction is a direct result of purposeful misuse. But spokeswoman Sharyn Perry admitted that there was room for improvement.
“Consistent with our priority of continuous improvement in safety and through internal testing, we have been able to further improve the fitting by increasing the space around the trim and the harness adjuster,” she explained.
For its part, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has promised that the company will be held accountable for its actions.
“The ACCC is in contact with Dorel to ensure that an effective recall is put into place quickly,” a spokesman told the media. “Dorel Australia has advised consumers that the [A2] restraint is still safe to use until a replacement cover has been received, as long as the owner checks that the harness adjuster is always clear from obstruction before driving anywhere.”
Addressing the core safety concerns, the ACCC maintained a clear point of view regarding faulty or unsafe products.
“The general rule is that if you make claims that your goods meet specific standards, those claims must be true.”
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