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Child safety comes first at car seat safety clinic

Child safety comes first at car seat safety clinic

15 November 2017
Photo of a child in an in-car safety seat

Parents and carers were shown the importance of a correctly fitted child car seat at a clinic at Tesco in Finchampstead Road, Wokingham (on 27 October).


Of the 48 children and seat checks, 52 per cent of seats were fitted incorrectly into the vehicle and 65 per cent of children were incorrectly fitted in the seat. Only 15 per cent of those checked had both the seat and child fitted correctly.


Those attending the clinic were also shown how to correctly fit child safety seats, and the importance why.


Chris Bowring, executive member for highways and transport said: “It’s vital that we continue to raise awareness of improperly fitted booster seats. A properly restrained child is three times less likely to sustain a head injury in a collision than an unrestrained child, and each year around 15 children aged up to 11 are killed while travelling in cars.


“I am pleased that clinics like this continue to assist parents in ensuring that children are safe on the road.”


Child car seat regulations for booster seats place the legal obligation on parents to ensure that their child has the correct booster seat.


Backless booster seats that entered the market from 9 February 2017 are only suitable for children above 22kg and 125cm.


There is more information on the regulation here.


More information is available on child seat safety here.