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23 percent of child car seats failed recent safety tests

Two dozen brands didn't make the cut for basic safety

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Recent quality tests by the Shanghai Industry and Commerce Administration have revealed that 23 percent of child car seats failed basic safety standards, according to SHINE. Out of the 60 orders that underwent dynamic and fireproof tests, 14 failed to meet the safety standard, as reported by the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation. These seats are ones that are sold both from physical stores and online sites such as Taobao, JD.com, kaola.com and yhd.com. Among the brands that aroused safety concerns are Zhongba, Drom, Joie, Carmind, Graco, Happybe and Babyley.

In the case of a substandard product, a child could risk hitting the front seat or the dashboard and might even be looking at a dislocated shoulder. Further issues included four batches not meeting fireproof standards and eleven more batches combusting too quickly. Slow combustion rates are a crucial part of child safety seat protocols, as they slow the burning rate of fire and allow more time for help to arrive.

These safety concerns are not new, unfortunately. Last year, The Paper reported that 17 batches of child safety seats failed a quality test led by the SHAIC. During the dynamic tests, one brand, ZazaBaby (sold on JD), even ended up with broken headrests, which is a grave safety hazard.

In its fire resistance test, SHAIC found that 16 out of 17 defective batches failed as well, with brand KIDDY (sold on T-Mall) performing the worst at only 15 seconds before combustion. Other brands with faulty products included Babyvox (Taobao), Pouch (Taobao), Beichi (Suning Yigou), innokids (yhd.com) and Leman (T-Mall).

SHINE reports that the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation has ordered businesses responsible to stop production and sale of the car seats and delete all information pertaining to their products.

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