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As part of its own ongoing consumer safety awareness campaign, the BPA has recently updated its e-leaflets to help and advise parents and carers when buying baby products. These are free to download and distribute by clicking on the relevant links:
This leaflet gives up-to-date information about relevant Safety Standards applicable to Child Car Restraints and the importance of choosing the correct type of car seat for your child's age and size and also the make and model of your vehicle.
This leaflet explains the relevant Safety Standards relating to certain essential baby products and the dangers of purchasing second-hand goods.
BPA sponsors Child Safety Week
The Baby Products Association (BPA) joined forces with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of potential dangers to children inside and outside the home via sponsorship of Child Safety Week.
This annual CAPT flagship community education programme alerts parents and carers to dangerous scenarios such as scalds and burns from hot drinks and hair straighteners, to choking and drowning hazards and road safety.
There are a range of Action Packs with can be downloaded from CAPT’s website offering valuable resources for teachers, parents and carers including activities such as colouring sheets, quizzes and lesson plans.
The key message that the BPA will relay is the importance of correctly choosing and installing child restraints and the dangers of purchasing second hand goods where the history of a product may be uncertain.
Robert Anslow, BPA managing director, explains: “Sponsoring Child Safety Week is an important step for the BPA as not only does it allow us to get important safety messages across, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of the industry’s trade association and its members to the consumer sector.”
BPA statement regarding children’s car seats
The BPA believes it is important for parents and carers to have a clear understanding of the issues surrounding product safety, the responsibilities of our members in producing safe products as well as those of parents in their correct operation. Our aim is to build that awareness to ensure the safety of children.
We consider the recent accusation of an unsafe product levied against Hauck’s Varioguard car seat as unfortunate. Products manufactured and/or supplied by our members are tested to and conform to the latest British and European Safety Standards and Regulations and indeed the Varioguard Car seat meets the regulatory requirements of ECE R44.04. Every care is taken to address potential risks when these products are used for a child and it is important that consumers read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use at all times. Failure to follow these instructions cannot be used to infer that the product is unsafe.
Whilst there is little accident data available in the UK, manufacturers are informed of serious incidents caused by their products and there is no evidence to suggest that these car seats have been involved in any incidents whilst in actual use.
Which? does not make its own test methods or procedures publicly available for scrutiny. British and European safety standards and Regulations are produced and updated by safety experts with a deep knowledge of the products and associated hazards. Whilst not infallible, these documents are publicly available and there is a clear procedure to follow to have any safety concerns addressed. Which? has not followed this procedure but has instead, we feel, sensationalised its findings.