A Road Safety GB specialist has expressed safety concerns about the sale of second hand child car seat parts on the eBay online auction site.
The parts being offered for sale vary from harnesses to polystyrene inserts.
While selling second-hand car seat parts is not illegal, there are obvious safety concerns and close examination of some of the photos appears to show evidence of damage or wear.
Julie Dagnall, director of Child Car Seat Safety and Road Safety GB’s child car seat specialist, said: “I’ve spoken to Which?, who have a long association with the issue of child car seat safety, and the manufacturer (Maxi Cosi) who confirmed that the items are not for sale by themselves and that they cannot guarantee that the parts are safe to use.
“These parts may not come with instructions on how to replace and fit the components and could easily be installed incorrectly, putting a child in serious danger in the event of a collision.
“We urge everyone involved in the sale and fitting of child car seats to warn parents of the dangers of using second hand parts, and second hand car seats.
“Our advice is never to fit second-hand replacement parts. Always check with the manufacturer first to see if they feel the seat part can be replaced, and only use new replacement parts which are supplied and fitted by the manufacturer complete with instructions.”
“We also advise people not to purchase a second-hand child car seat unless you can be certain of its history, and that it has not been involved in a collision.”
For more information contact Julie Dagnall on 07581 709 975.