Argos have warned parents to stop using certain car seats “immediately” and they have issued an urgent recall over safety fears.
They have recalled five products from the Mamas & Papas range.
It would seem that the models may not be able to protect children in the event of a crash, with their shells cracking under impact.
In a statement, Argos said: “We have identified a potential safety concern. 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 & Papas have released a statement saying: “Mamas & Papas has been in discussion with Argos about their decision to suspend sales and recall certain Mercury car seats, which are manufactured by Mamas & Papas exclusively for Argos. We continue to work closely with Argos to determine the exact nature of the issue.
“We wish to reassure our customers that we take product quality and assurance very seriously and that the safety of our customers is always our primary concern.
“All Mamas and Papas car seats are tested, certified and approved under the European regulations R44/04 by independent accredited bodies.
“All our products are audited and checked – by routine batch sample testing of production – at accredited test laboratories.
“We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience the recall has caused.
“We would also like to assure them that there have been no reports of any incidents involving any of the recalled car seats.”
The affected models are:
Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Black (Argos catalogue number 297/7526).
Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Grey (Argos catalogue number 411/9100).
Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Black (Argos catalogue number 305/6037).
Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1, 2, 3 Grey (Argos catalogue number 397/9530).
Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 2-3 Black and Grey (Argos catalogue number 245/4829).