Rogue trader sentenced for selling 'deadly' child car seats
Consumer watchdogs were called in to investigate after Birmingham City Council's Trading Standards received complaints from consumers who had bought the sub-standard goods.
Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how an investigation discovered the car seats simply crumpled in a horrifying simulated road smash.
The team traced the goods back to rogue trader Hussein Kazami and a warehouse in Yardley Fields Road, Yardley, where they also discovered £6,000-worth of baby bouncers, walkers and car seats.
Emma Hall, prosecuting, said:" "The items appeared to be of poor quality and there were no clear instructions with them about how to use them safely."
She said officers warned Kazami to stop selling the products. But just days later, undercover officers posing as consumers, brought baby bouncers, car seats and walkers from the same seller on eBay.
The officers hired safety experts to carry out a series of tests on the products, all believed to have been manufactured in China.
In a simulated crash, the car seat collapsed on impact – smashing into the child dummy and violently throwing it around.
Bashra Hussain, defending, said: "This is a man who moved from market trading to importing and believed the companies selling them were legitimate.
"He doesn't speak English properly so did not fully understand what Trading Standards was telling him."
Magistrates handed Kazami, of Yardley Fields Road, Yardley, a 12-month community order, including 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £2,000 prosecution costs.