Car seat sold by Mothercare recalled over fears its unsafe for tots

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Car seat sold by Mothercare recalled over fears its unsafe for tots



PARENTS should check if they’ve recently bought a BabyStyle car seat from Mothercare as one of the brand’s bases for chairs has been recalled over safety fears.
Manufacturer BabyStyle has advised customers to immediately stop using its “Oyster Carapace Infant car seat” in combination with its “Oyster DuoFix i-Size base”.
1 BabyStyle has recalled a base for its car seat over fears they’re unsafe
It has also recalled the base saying shoppers should return it to Mothercare immediately for a full refund or exchange.
It follows a Which? investigation that saw the seat detach from its base and hurl forward in a test crash.
BabyStyle says the base was sold at Mothercare between December 2018 and April 2019, although the chair itself was sold at other retailers too.
You can still use the chair in cars without the base by strapping it in with a seat-belt but BabyStyle says customers can return the Oyster Carapace car seat if they don’t want to use it without the base.
Your product recall rightsPRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it’s often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

If you bought the car seat on its own though, you won’t be able to get a refund.
We’ve asked BabyStyle how much the base cost and we’ll update this story as soon as we get a response. It appears the chair on its own was £99 at Mothercare.
BabyStyle says it is writing to and emailing affected customers.
It adds that concerned customers can contact Mothercare by emailing product.safety@mothercare.com or calling 0344 875 5122.
Alternatively, you can contact BabyStyle directly on 01509 816444.
In a statement BabyStyle said: “We have taken this action for the simple reason that we care very much about every parent and BabyStyle product owner.
“And while we know that our Oyster Carapace Infant car seat meets the UK safety standard by passing all official UK safety tests, we know that your peace of mind at this very important stage of life is of paramount importance.”
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