Parents have been warned to stop using certain child car seats from a Huddersfield-based company after an urgent recall amid safety fears.

Argos has recalled five products from upmarket brand Mamas & Papas, based in Colne Bridge Road, and has urged parents to stop using them “immediately”.

The retailer said tests had revealed some models may not protect a child and could crack in a crash.

In a statement, Argos said: “We have identified a potential safety concern. In the event of an accident the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user.”

The Mamas and Papas car seats being recalled by Argos

Argos is offering a full refund to customers, saying: “If you have purchased any of the seats, you should immediately stop using the product and return the car seat to your local Argos store for a full refund.

“We wish to thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this recall.”

No-one from Mamas & Papas was available to comment.

The problem was identified by a parenting blog after receiving concerns from worried mums and dads.

Mamas and Papas in Colne Bridge Road, Huddersfield

The affected models are:

  • Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Black (Argos catalogue number 297/7526)
  • Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Grey (Argos catalogue number 411/9100)
  • Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Black (Argos catalogue number 305/6037)
  • Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1, 2, 3 Grey (Argos catalogue number 397/9530)
  • Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 2-3 Black and Grey (Argos catalogue number 245/4829)

The recall comes as new rules are due to be introduced later this year, which will see car booster seats without a back banned for younger children.

Currently, children weighing as little as 15kg - around three-years-old - are allowed to travel in cars while sitting on backless booster seats.

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Rules say they must stay in them until they are 12, but experts claim the seat is unsuitable for younger children and new guidelines are being introduced, meaning backless booster seats will only be approved for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.

Mamas & Papas was formed in 1981 by husband and wife David and Luisa Scacchetti to provide premium nursery products.