The Kiddu Lane Group 123 child car seat has been temporarily withdrawn by the manufacturer following a safety issue with the buckle.
The issue came to light after a parent posted a video on Facebook showing the buckle easily coming loose. The video was posted after a little boy was injured when the buckle released during an emergency stop, causing him to hit the gear stick.
Luckily, the little boy wasn’t seriously injured, but the mum posted the video hoping to stop something far worse happening to anyone else using the seat.
Kiddu Lane 123
The Kiddu Lane 123 is a multi-group forward-facing car seat which is approved for use with children from 9kg to 36kg, or around 9 months up until 12 years of age. Kiddu says it can be used with or without the backrest in Group 2 format, and as a backless booster in Group 3 format.
It’s a cheap seat, costing as little as £35 on sale, and was promoted as part of Tesco’s baby event back in January. It was also available in Asda and via Amazon.
We haven’t tested the Kiddu Lane, but you can find out which child car seats came out top in our safety tests in our child car seat reviews.
We were still able to purchase one of the car seats from Amazon on the date it was withdrawn – last Thursday.
The instructions for the Kiddu Lane 123 state: ‘Every Kiddu product has been tested to exceed required safety standards and is manufactured using high quality materials and components’.
We’ve contacted the company to ask how exactly the product has been tested to ‘exceed’ the requirements.
We’ve also asked what the company CuddleCo intends to do for anyone who discovers they have a product with a faulty harness. We’ve yet to hear back on both counts.
In a statement, a representative of CuddleCo said: ‘Product safety is our top priority and we are taking this matter very seriously. 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 and by the Vehicle Certification Authority (VCA) in the UK.
‘However, should anyone feel concerned, they can call our dedicated helpline on 0161-702-5061.’
The Good Egg Campaign for car seat safety has since had other cases reported, and its chief executive Jan James, said: ‘We are deeply concerned about this and contacted the distributor concerned and also all the retailers who were selling this product. We requested an immediate halt to sales until the issue is further investigated. It should not require the death of an infant for this to be taken seriously and financial considerations should be superseded by the health and safety of child passengers who may currently be at risk.’
Check your child car seat is safe
Which? advice is to always check your car seat thoroughly, at regular intervals. If you own a Kiddu Lane car seat and are concerned at all about the harness we’d recommend you contact the helpline as soon as possible.
Even if you buy the safest possible child car seat for your little one, if it’s not fitted correctly, it won’t offer the best protection for your child in a crash.
Common fitting problems include twisted seatbelts, loose harnesses, not all Isofix points being connected and seatbelts sitting incorrectly on your child. There are some quick checks any parent or carer can make to ensure a car seat is safer.
Check yours today, download our handy guide: 10 quick car seat fitting checks