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20 Sep 2013

Safety alert: Joie Stages child car seat recall

Harness safety issue causes car seat recall

Joie and retailer Toys R Us have issued a product recall for the Joie Stages child car seat, following a safety issue with the harness screws.

Both say that safety checks have identified that the harness tensioning lock screw may come loose on some of the seats.

Parents should stop using affected models and return them to the retailer.

Joie Stages child car seat review

We have tested the combined group 0+, 1 and 2 Joie Stages child car seat, and our side impact test discovered a different flaw. Take a look at our review of theJoie Stages child car seat to find out more about how it did in our tests.

Also, see which child car seats you should avoid in our guide to Don't Buy child car seats.

What to do if you own a Joie Stages child car seat

If you own the Joie Stages child car seat, or know someone who does, advice from Joie and Toys R Us is to stop using it immediately.

Both are asking customers to return the car seat to the store they bought it from for an exchange or refund.If you're keen to refund and get a different child car seat, our child car seat reviews and video guide to buying a child car seat will help you get the safest one for your child.

Not all seats are affected, but the models with below date code are:

  • 120309
  • 120815
  • 121022
  • 121218
  • 121219

The date code is located on a label on the back of the seat (pictured right) and is below the model and serial code.Car seats with the date code 130524 are not affected.

The Which? child car seats test

Which? uses far more stringent tests on child car seats than the UK standard requires, so you can buy with confidence.

Compulsory tests simulate a low-speed crash in a mock up of a car's back seat, but Which? goes further by carrying out two crash tests.

Our tests involve a front crash, which is equivalent to a head-on collision at around 40mph, and a side-impact crash, both in a full car body, better reflecting real-life crashes.

Discover exactly how much further we go in our how we test child car seat guide, which includes a video demonstrating the difference between a good child car seat and a bad child car seat.

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