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Tests give car seat a zero safety rating

Kiddicare offers refund or exchange after Which? advice to parents

WHICH? magazine is recommending that parents replace their Nania Trio Plus child car seat after their tests gave it the lowest possible score.

Sold up to last December by Asda, and Kiddicare under the Maxi SP name, the cheap and popular seat was designed to last children through groups 0, 1 and 2 -  from birth to around six years old.

Which? reported that although the Team Tex-manufactured product  passed the ECE R44/04 legal safety standards for child car seats, it scored zero overall in the magazine's more demanding crash tests which include an extra side-impact collision.

The magazine stated: "The Nania Trio Plus is no longer on sale, but we recommend that anyone who already owns one of these car seats replaces it as soon as possible.

"Our results indicate that a child using the Nania Trio Plus would be at risk of serious injury in the crashes we simulated. Other car seats that we've tested, particularly our Best Buys, do a better job of restraining a child and reducing the loads placed on a child's body in a crash.

"The biggest cause for concern is the position of the adult seat belt when the seat is used for older children. A Group 2 child car seat should hold an older child in place with the adult seat belt across the pelvis and across the shoulder.

"But the Nania Trio Plus routes the adult seat belt through the seat, so that the force of a crash is absorbed by the neck and tummy. This is an unacceptable outcome in our tests, resulting in a very poor rating for front and side impacts, and leading to a score of zero per cent for Group 2.

"We also found that it is easy to fit the seat incorrectly, which can prevent the seat from providing the protection it should in an accident."

In the Which? report, Team Tex  said they had modified the product after taking "note of the more stringent Which? tests", and an Asda spokesperson pointed out "Team Tex is happy to replace the seat with a brand-new, modified version".

Alex Fisher, Kiddicare commercial director, was reported by Which? as promising: "Kiddicare will be happy to exchange any Kiddicare Maxi SP car seat for an alternative Kiddicare own-brand car seat, or provide the customer with a credit or refund, either in-store or via our central customer care team.

"All Kiddicare car seats meet the official and current ECE R44/04 European safety standard, however, we recognise that customers may be concerned by the Which? test findings."

The modified version of the Nania Trio Plus and Kiddicare Maxi SP is sold as the Nania Trifit.

For the full Which? report go to http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/06/which-advice-replace-nania-trio-plus-car-seat-322953/#.Uhy_uBEPfgY.facebook



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