Car seat recalled over fears strap could snap

The State’s peak motoring body has warned parents to check their child restraints after several popular models were recalled.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a recall notice for three models of the Joie i-Gemm range which were sold in stores, including Baby Bunting, across Australia between 18 September and 1 November 2019.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged mums, dads and carers to check if their capsules and car seats were affected, after fears the top tether strap could release under extreme stress and potentially injure a child in a crash.

“If you’ve bought one of the impacted car seats, you need to stop using it immediately and return it to where it was purchased,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We don’t want to see any children hurt or worse because of a dodgy restraint.”

Ms Ritchie said child restraints were not just a legal requirement for children under the age of seven, they were also a vital in the event of a crash. 

“Young children, particularly those using capsules, are our most vulnerable when it comes to a crash,” she said. 

“Child restraints absorb the impact in a crash and protect infants and can make the difference between life and death. An incorrectly installed restraint, or a restraint that is faulty, can have serious ramifications.”

More information on models and stores affected could be found on the ACCC’s website or phone (02) 8880 8385.

Affected models include:
- Joie i-Gemm infant capsule and base – model number I1404BAPAV600. 
- Joie i-Gemm base – model number I1404BAPAV600. 
- Joie Gemm infant capsule and base, sold as part of the Joie Litetrax 4 Travel System – model number T1112WACRM600, serial numbers 0779587 to 0779686.