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Child Seat Safety Checks On Offer At Asda

Published: 15th March 2012 22:16

Child's Seat Safety Checks On Offer At Asda On Monday 19th March 2012.

Following shocking news that approximately four out of five Warwickshire children aren't correctly restrained when travelling by car, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police are working together to help parents and carers get it right.

The worrying problem was unearthed during child car seat safety checks conducted last September at venues around the county.

Problems varied from children being secured with an adult seatbelt so that the seatbelt cut across the child's neck, seats that were incorrectly fitted, damaged or incompatible with the vehicle model, and children being transported in the wrong seat for their age and size including an eleven month old baby that was in a seat designed for a four year old. During the checks seven child car seats were condemned for being too old or damaged.

The public are invited to attend a new round of child seat advice clinics taking place next week where they will be able to get expert help and advice to ensure they are transporting their children safely. The child seat safety checks take place between 9am and 3.30pm at:

  • Monday 19th March - Asda, Corporation Street, Rugby

Useful ‘seat selecta's' that provide guidance on selecting the right seat are available free of charge from the County Council by calling 01926 418062 or emailing roadsafety@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Warwickshire County Council's Road Safety Officer Jane Lees said: "In recent years I've seen some incredible sights where parents have jeopardised their children's safety. In one instance I came across a car seat that had been secured by tying a knot in the seatbelt because the dad couldn't get the straps through the fixings. Perhaps even more alarming was the mother who was driving her 10 or 11 year old son to school and arrived with him stood on the passenger seat with his head through the sunroof waving to his friends on the pavement."

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, portfolio holder for community protection added: "We're running this campaign to help people fulfil their responsibility for the safety of children in their care. It is imperative for the safety of children that they are restrained correctly.

"The starting point is to use a child seat that is suitable for a child's age and weight and to ensure that it is correctly fitted. Parents and carers also need to make sure that the seat will fit the car, as some seats are not universal. People can get advice from the Highway Code, the excellent RoSPA website http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/, the reputable retailers or by visiting one of the child car seat clinics we have organised."

Typical child seat errors:

  1. Child is too big or too small for the seat
  2. Child seat is too loose
  3. Child seat does not rest properly on the car seat
  4. Seat belt won't reach round child seat
  5. Seat belt anchor points badly positioned
  6. Seat belt buckle in contact with the frame of the child seat.
  7. Missing instructions so can't install correctly
  8. Child seat has been involved in an accident
  9. Child seat is old or damaged.
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