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Mayborn Group Bugaboo International BV Maclaren UK Ltd TWM Productions Innovative Baby Products Ltd Tee-Zed Products Ltd Little Helper Ltd My Carry Potty SHNUGGLE LTD Sweet Dreamers Ltd Rochingham Ltd Kit for Kids Ltd Huggabubba Ltd My Buggy Buddy Bambino Mio Limited LittleLife Bubabloon Mama Designs Ltd Apramo UK Ltd Central Medical Supplies Ltd High Street Textile Testing Services Britax Gro Company (The) Hardenberg&Co Ltd Relyon Ltd Hauck Group Ltd Kid Rapt Ltd Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services UK Ltd BUTTERICK COMPANY LTD Helo Childcare Products Stokke UK/IRL Ltd CuddleCo Ltd TotsBots Ltd ShadeMe Ltd Snuggle Sac Company Ltd (The) Prince Lionheart UK Ltd Totseat Ltd David Lowe & Co Ltd Bubbaroo UK Ltd Zip Us In Ltd Kiddy Children's Products UK Ltd Summer Infant Europe RECARO Child Safety Ltd PacaPod Ltd Petite Star Mamas and Papas Ltd FIRA International Ltd Hippychick Ltd Skibz Ltd Clippasafe Ltd Opus Innovations Ltd Babycup Ltd Small Ideas Ltd Graco UK & Ireland Cheeky Rascals Ltd Cuddledry Ltd Chicco UK Obaby Ltd Flambeau Europlast t/a The Neat Nursery Co Tippitoes (UK) Ltd Columbus Trading Partners GfK iCandy World Limited Baby Gear Ltd Litecup East Coast Nursery Ltd BubbleBum (UK) Ltd And Design Ltd Maguari UK Ltd Boori Europe Ltd wemademe Huggle Me Close Ltd Perlimpinpin Dorel UK SGS United Kingdom Ltd 2012 Ltd Magmatic Ltd TRL/Child Safety Centre Cosatto Ltd BabyStyle UK Ltd

Safety

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:

Choosing the Right Car Seat

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. 

Don’t Gamble With Your Child’s Safety

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.