Child car seats essentially have one purpose: to protect small people in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, car seat manufacturer Mamas and Papas appears to have forgotten about that teeny tiny detail and made a bunch that, well, fall apart on impact.
Argos, which sells the goods, has issued an urgent recall on five separate Mamas and Papas models amid safety fears:
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 2-3 Black and Grey (Argos catalogue no. 245/4829)
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Black (Argos catalogue no. 297/7526)
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Black (Argos catalogue no. 305/6037)
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1, 2, 3 Grey (Argos catalogue no. 397/9530)
- Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Grey (Argos catalogue no. 411/9100)
“We have identified a potential safety concern,” said the retailer in a statement. “In the event of an accident the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user.
“If you have purchased any of the seats, you should immediately stop using the product and return the car seat to your local Argos store for a full refund. We wish to thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this recall.”
Mamas and Papas has said that there have been no reports of any incidents involving the models, but admitted that there is an issue. Thumbs up to parenting blog Playpennies, which first flagged up safety concerns. In this slot next week: nut-free chocolate spread that might contain nuts. [HuffPo, MEN]