Popular kids car seat Joie costing $629 fails crash test - as experts say a ...

Popular kids car seat Joie costing $629 fails crash test – as experts say a toddler would have died if it would have been a real road smash Expensive car safety seat that is still on sale spectacularly fails crash test First time in 28 years of safety testing that a dummy has been completely ejected $629 Joie I-Travvel Car Seat failed in forward-facing mode secured by ISOfix Parents warned of potentially fatal car seat flaw that could kill a child

By Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 22:28 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 23:43 GMT, 3 March 2020

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An expensive children's car booster seat has spectacularly failed a safety trial, ejecting a crash test dummy in a way that would have killed a real child.

Safety consortium, the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP), said it was the first time in their 28-year history of testing that a dummy had been completely ejected.  

The $629 Joie I-Travvel car seat failed when in ISOfix forward-facing mode.

The spectacular crash test dummy fail of the $629 Joie I-Travvel Car Seat

The spectacular crash test dummy fail of the $629 Joie I-Travvel Car Seat

Forward-facing mode is the setting recommended for children aged between six months and four years, while rear-facing is for babies aged under six months.

ISOfix is an alternative method to seatbelts for securing a child safety seat. 

The CREP described it as a 'catastrophic performance failure'.  

The test result was so bad the safety group overhauled its test protocol so that it could give a zero rating, CREP said in a statement.

The tests show the clips holding the 'child' failed as the 'child' pitches forward on impact in a crash at 56km/h.

The 'child' then flies in a mid-air somersault out of the chair. 

NRMA road safety expert Dimitra Vlahomitros warned parents of the device's failure in forward-facing mode, saying the booster seat had been on the market since April.   

Parents have been warned the Joie I-Travvel car seat which failed the test in forward-facing mode has been on the market since April

Parents have been warned the Joie I-Travvel car seat which failed the test in forward-facing mode has been on the market since April

The ISOfix system failed on the Joie I-Travvel car seat in safety trials

The ISOfix system failed on the Joie I-Travvel car seat in safety trials

SAFETY TIPS WHEN BUYING A CAR SEAT FOR YOUR BABY: 

* Go to childcarseats.com.au to check the crash rating and compare restraints

* If you intend buying a seat your child can use as they get older, ensure they offer good

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