Car seat manufacturer Maxi Cosi has issued a voluntary recall of all Familyfix car seat bases produced before 3 March 2010.
The Familyfix base works with the Maxi Cosi Pearl, Pebble and Cabriofix car seats.
The recall has been announced as there are potential problems with the mechanical attachment of the Isofix connectors to the base.
This problem only affects a small number of the Maxi Cosi Familyfix bases that have been purchased.
Affected bases could reduce the level of protection that your child would receive in the case of an accident.
Read the Which? guide to choosing a child car seat for more information about buying car seats and how Isofix works.
What should Maxi Cosi Familyfix owners do?
If you own a Familyfix base that was made before 3 March 2010, Maxi Cosi advises that you stop using it immediately and contact the Familyfix helpline on 01842 763 281.
A Maxi Cosi representative will then advise you to return the base to a local shop where it will be checked for defects.
To find out if your Familyfix base was made before 3 March you’ll need to take the base out of your car and look at the white and orange label at the back. On the white part of the label you will find a four digit number.
The first two digits refer to the week number for when the base was made, followed by the production year. Week 7 of 2010, for example, is: 07 10. Week 43 of 2009 is: 47 09.
Some diaries and calendars list week numbers for each year, but if yours doesn’t this online conversion website can help you calculate it.
Can I still use my Maxi Cosi Pebble, Pearl or Cabriofix car seat?
Maxi Cosi Pebble or Carbiofix owners can continue to use their car seats without the base, as these seats can be attached to a car using a seat belt.
You can find out how to attach your Pebble car seat without the Familyfix base by referring to your instruction manual. If you’ve lost your instruction manual you can download a one from the Maxi Cosi website.
The Maxi Cosi Pearl cannot be used without the Familyfix base.
Which? child car seat expert David Evans said: ‘It’s encouraging to hear Maxi-Cosi has taken a responsible approach to this problem with their Familyfix car seat base by issuing this product recall.
‘Although it may seem inconvenient, we’d recommend all parents with a Familyfix base follow Maxi-Cosi’s advice to have their base checked. This will ensure their child seat offers the intended protection and your child is carried as safely as possible.’