Around one million children could be travelling in unsafe car seats that have been bought second-hand or fitted incorrectly, new research reveals.
Half a million drivers have bought a second-hand car seat and another half a million have travelled with a child in an incorrectly fitted car seat over the last year, according to research from Sainsbury’s Bank.
Which? child car seat researcher Victoria Pearson says: ‘Although buying baby equipment second-hand can save you lots of money, the bargain simply isn’t worth it if it puts your child’s safety at risk.
‘We strongly advise you not to buy a second-hand child car seat. A used car seat may have been in a crash and even if you can’t see any signs of it, this will have weakened the seat. It may not be supplied with the original instructions either, which contain vital advice on fitting the car seat correctly so it provides optimum protection.’