Five child car seat models are being recalled in the UK over fears that they may not adequately protect children in the event of an accident.
The car seats are manufactured by the Mamas & Papas brand for high street chain Argos. It is not yet known how many units of each seat are being recalled, but Argos sells the products both online and through its network of 740 stores in the UK.
In a statement, Mamas & Papas said customers who had bought the affected seats should stop using them “immediately” and return the product to an Argos store for a refund. The brand said that “in the event of an accident, the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user.”
Argos has printed the same explanation on its product recall website, saying that it has identified “a potential safety concern.”
The affected models are:
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Black
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Grey
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Black
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Grey
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 2-3 Black and Grey
Speaking to the BBC, Mamas & Papas said that no incident involving the car seats had been reported saying: "We continue to work closely with Argos to determine the exact nature of the issue.
"All Mamas & Papas car seats are tested, certified and approved under the European regulations R44/04 by independent accredited bodies."
Customers seeking more information should call Argos on 0345 600 5388. The products are no longer listed for sale on the Argos website.
Last month, a mystery shop by What Car? revealed that although the retailer has a large number of child car seats on sale, staff were unable to advise on the suitability of the products or demonstrate how to fit them safely. On the other hand, specialist brands like Mamas & Papas do offer a demonstration and advice service, as well as free fittings.
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