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‘Death trap’ car seat removed from sale

A popular car seat has been removed from sale after a baby fell headfirst from the restraint as her mother drove.

Taupo mum Vanessa Cobb was driving in a supermarket car park when her nine-month-old daughter Lyric-Brooklyn toppled out of her new 1st Care Deluxe three-in-one Child Car Seat with Booster Seat.
“She had fallen forward and just come straight out of the belt and landed at the passenger's seat straight on her face. She was ok but I just couldn't believe it," Cobb told the New Zealand Herald.
The seat buckle – meant to keep infants restrained even in the event of a crash – was faulty and released at the slightest tug, as Cobb demonstrated in a video she posted to Facebook.
"I thought she may have [unbuckled it] but she is nine months old so I put the belt buckle in and tested it and literally just tugged on it lightly and it just came straight out.
"I just keep getting these images in my head. All I could think about is that my sister just had her baby and we were going to go down to Wellington and imagine if I had taken her down there and we were involved in an accident and my baby ended up flying straight past me and into the windscreen. The thought of it is still haunting me."
Top Deal have now removed the product from sale.
"All products involving Deluxe 3 in 1 car seat will be pulled from the market immediately until Toptoys is satisfied it is safe to sell them,” a statement read. “The products will be returned to its manufacturer in China for safety reviews."
A spokesperson for 1st Care said "this is an occasional problem, not all of our products have problems".

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