Child car seats have been taken off store shelves across the country after it was revealed they had the potential for a child to eject from their seat in the event of a crash.

Thousands of Maxi-Cosi child car seats have been taken off shelves across Australia after serious concerns were raised over their safety.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have issued an urgent recall for the Dorel Australia Pty Ltd—Maxi-Cosi A2 Euro Convertible Car Seats (2 height markers).

The commission stated that, in some instances, the fabric around the harness adjuster mechanism may get caught in the mechanism, allowing the shoulder harnesses to loosen without lifting the harness adjuster. If the harness is loosened the child restraint is no longer effective in restraining the child in the event of an accident or sudden braking, increasing the risk of injury to the child.

More than 250,000 Maxi-Cosi seats are sold in Australia per year in stores such as Baby Bunting, Bubs Baby Shops, My Baby Warehouse, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Independent specialty retailers across Australia.

Customers need to identify if they have Euro A2 with a date of manufacture between 16 September 2014 to the 12 March 2015. Dorel will provide consumers with a free replacement trim for affected car seats. The old trim will be returned to Dorel and not the retailer.

As an interim solution, please ensure that the harness adjuster is free of any impediments when fitting a child into the restraint.

For further information on identifying the date of manufacture please visit the IGC Dorel website www.maxi-cosi.com.au.