Kiddu car seat withdrawn after 'baby flies out'
A car seat has been withdrawn from sale after a video posted by a mum on Facebook describing the moment her baby “was thrown out of his seat” went viral. Stacey Tennant bought the Kiddu Lane 123 car seat from Tesco – but her 22-month-old son Koby was allegedly injured while using it. Stacey, from Plymouth, was so appalled by the seat that she uploaded a video describing the alleged incident on Facebook.
“When an Emergency stop was performed my 22 month old child was thrown out of his seat in the back and he landed on the gear stick in the front,” she wrote alongside the video. “He was bruised and is still traumatised by it as he screams when we now put him in a car seat.”
The video which Stacey uploaded “to prevent any further injuries or worse – a fatality” has now had over 1m views since it was uploaded on 23 May. In response, Tesco and Asda have now stopped selling the car seat and the manufacturer, Kiddu have pulled it from sale and sent it off for independent testing.
“We are investigating the concerns raised with Kiddu as a matter of urgency and have removed the product from sale as a precautionary measure,” a spokesman for Tesco said.
“We have removed this car seat from sale as a precautionary measure while our supplier conducts their investigation,” a spokeswoman for Asda added.
“Product safety is our top priority and we are taking this matter very seriously,” a statement on Kiddu’s website reads. “We have already conducted our own tests on our car seat buckles, which have indicated no fault to date.
“However, we have also requested that independent tests are carried out by the premier UK test authority as a matter of urgency. In the meantime, we have made the decision to temporarily withdraw the Kiddu Lane car seat from sale until the tests are complete.
“We would like to reassure families with a Kiddu Lane car seat that the seat has been subjected to rigorous testing and has been approved to the current European Child Safety Standard ECE R 44/04.”
Kiddu recommends that if you have the car seat and feel concerned, you can call their dedicated helpline on 0161 702 5061.