Nottinghamshire parents on the look out for a child car seat are being warned by the County Council’s Trading Standards about counterfeit models which could put their children’s lives at risk.
Counterfeit car seats are available online and at car boots for around £40 compared to the average £180 for a genuine model.
Transport Research Laboratory has carried out tests which revealed that one fake seat fell apart in a 30mph crash.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards are also advising parents not to be tempted to buy a second hand child seat.
Councillor Mick Murphy, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “We have not had any reports of counterfeit child car seats on sale in Nottinghamshire but we are warning local people to spend the extra money and get a new genuine model.
“Fake car seats have not been tested in the same way as genuine articles and a second hand car seat may be damaged in some way or may not meet current safety standards.
“Our advice is if it is too cheap it could be a fake and may be very poor quality. Look out for the orange approval label which should confirm it complies with current safety standards.
“We would welcome any reports of fake seats that are on sale locally.”
To report counterfeit car seats that are on sale in the county contact the Citizen’s Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.