Complicated car seats 'a safety risk'

Complicated car seats 'a safety risk'

A certain number of child car seats are so complicated to put in place that they pose a safety risk, while a magazine has warned parents not to buy one particular model.

Which? magazine warned customers against buying the Renolux Next Confort because it is so difficult to fit that there is a high risk it could be installed incorrectly. The Renolux 360 was also criticised by the consumer watchdog for offering "woeful protection" in front crash tests.

However other car seats were praised for offering good protection and clear instructions on how to be installed. They included the Britax Baby-Safe Sleeper, Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio Isofix, KiddyInfinity Pro and Maxi Cosi Cabriofix with Easyfix base.

The magazine said that they knew of only three areas in England where parents could seek advice on buying and fitting child car seats. These were in Bromley in Kent, Wigan in Lancashire and Rayleigh in Essex.

"You can buy the safest seat on the market but it must be fitted correctly to protect a child," said Which? Car editor Richard Headland. "We've found some seats difficult to install and others offered poor crash protection, which simply isn't acceptable. Until the legal standard improves, children will be at risk."

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