A child car seat sold by High Street retailers has been taken off the market after it failed a crash test, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Footage released by independent product testers which? shows the Recaro Optia come loose from its Recaro SmartClick base, sending an infant dummy flying through the air.

A second car seat tested at the same time remains secure throughout the experiment.

Which? magazine have branded the base and seat unsafe and listed it as a “Don’t Buy”.

In a statement on their website, the magazine said there was a “high risk” that a child could suffer a serious injury in a real-life accident if the car seat flew off in a similar way.

“Due to the results of the frontal impact tests, we are advising not to buy these seats while the manufacturer investigates,” the statement read.

“This Group 1 car seat is approved for use with children from 9kg to 18kg (that’s around one to four years old).”

“We’ve been told only a small number of bases have been sold in the UK at the moment.”

“During our car seat testing last year, we identified a similar issue with the Fix base, to which Recaro responded and replaced the Isofix bases concerned. But the successor to this base, the Recaro SmartClick, appears to have a similar issue. Recaro has been contacted with the results of the crash tests.”

The products affected products were available to buy from some major retailers.

Recaro’s response

Sue Cosmovici, Recaro’s managing director, told the Mirror Online that company is taking the crash test footage very seriously.

She said: “Consumer safety is the top priority for Recaro. For this reason we have immediately started systematic investigation, testing and in-depth analysis.

“At this point we cannot give any statement with regards to the cause.

“In all our performed internal and external tests, which far exceed regulatory requirements, the described issue never occurred.

“As responsible manufacturer Recaro Child Safety GmbH has decided to precautionary stop the delivery of RECARO SmartClick and RECARO Optia and prohibits sales until further notice.”

Recaro confirmed it has halted the sale of Recaro SmartClick and Recaro Optia until further investigations are complete.

Anyone who has already purchased the car seat and base can contact Recaro for advice on 01926 484111.