By Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 22:28 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 23:43 GMT, 3 March 2020
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
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
The ISOfix system failed on the Joie I-Travvel car seat in safety trials
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