Episode six of the BBC Watchdog Test House programme which was aired on 17 March focused on child car seat restraints, at the same time as new research shows that 50% of child restraint systems are incorrectly fitted.
Watchdog Test House, presented by Sophie Raworth and Lynn Faulds Wood, looks at how household products are tested and puts the makers’ claims on trial. This particular episode will look at child restraints, highlighting the importance of safe installation.
The new research was published by Child Seat Safety (CSS) who featured in the programme as the BBC’s experts on child in-car safety.
The CSS paper follows a 12-month project in which the data from around 1800 checks has been analysed. It looks at the “mistakes made by parents when fitting child restraints and children into cars”.
The study was carried out at community check events and enforcement days across the country, and CSS says that the results are based on “standardised assessment and reporting”.
The study concludes that instructions need to be easier to understand and educational messages need to be “constantly cascaded” to parents. It also advocates a “bigger push for the use of ISOFIX” and stresses the importance of joint working by all involved in child in-car safety.
CSS also says that three quarters (74%) of all faults were “easily rectifiable”.
Child Seat Safety
Child Seat Safety was set up in 2011 by Julie Dagnall and Claire Waterhouse who between them have more than 45 years’ road safety education, training and publicity experience. Child Seat Safety has developed the only nationally recognised qualification in child seat safety awareness. Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the course is designed to assist retailers, manufacturers, public service safety advisors and emergency service personnel, in providing the right advice to parents and carers. The course is endorsed by Which? and Road Safety GB. Julie Dagnall is also Road Safety GB’s specialist with regard to in-vehicle safety.