Deadly car seats are being illegally sold on websites such as eBay, an investigation by Surrey County Council has found.
The seats, when put through crash testing by experts Britax, were found to rip apart at impacts of just 30mph, sending a dummy the size of a three-year-old catapulting through the front of a car.
Internet giants eBay and Amazon have agreed to remove over 100 car seats from their online stores, following a complaint to Surrey County Council.
However, foreign websites are still offering the dangerous car seats for sale, tempting UK buyers with their low prices.
Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for Community Services, Helyn Clack, said: “We’ll continue to track and seize these deadly car seats, but our operation in England is just the tip of the iceberg as global online sales are our biggest problem.
“The crash test kindly carried out by Britax shows this car seat would cause horrific injuries at just 30mph, so tell us urgently if you’ve seen one and we’ll take action.”
The illegal car seats have no labels identifying the manufacturer, and parents are advised to buy them new from established companies – and ideally have them professionally fitted.