A children’s car seat has been immediately recalled after it failed a crash test, sending a dummy into a somersault.
On Thursday, manufacturers of the Joie i-Travvel car seat urged customers to stop using the product immediately and return it to its place of purchase for a full refund.
The reversible car seat failed the test at a speed of 56 km/h at the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) in forward-facing mode. The test video shows a child-size dummy ejecting from the restraint, before going headfirst to the ground.
It is the first time a dummy has been ejected during a test in CREP testing history and experts say it would have been fatal in a real-world crash. CREP are suggesting using a ‘0’ rating after the incident.
Joie Chief Marketing Officer Jerry Ingraham said that the company was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news.
The recall is voluntary and is applicable to Joie model numbers C1209BANOR-600 and C1209BATBK600 purchased after February 2019.