Last week’s online forum which focused on child car seats and in-car safety generated 10 questions which were comprehensively answered by three experts on the subject.
The forum was jointly hosted by Kat Furlong from Good Egg Safety and Julie Dagnall and Claire Waterhouse from Child Seat Safety, who answered a wide range of questions submitted by road safety professionals, parents, grandparents and others interested in this important safety issue.
This was Road Safety GB’s second online forum, following the success of the motorcycle forum in October.
A similar forum on the subject of children in cars took place during Global Road Safety Week earlier this year but concerns about car seat safety have been heightened in recent weeks.
A BBC Watchdog programme aired on 8 October revealed that out of 50 retail stores visited, only one managed to correctly fit its own brand child car seat; while results from just under 3,000 child car seat checks carried out by Good Egg Safety in 2015 showed that 71% of the seats were either fitted incorrectly or incompatible.
Kat Furlong is Good Egg Safety’s project manager, responsible for overseeing thousands of child car seat checks every year. She has featured on Good Morning Britain, writes regularly for Emma’s Diary and regularly undertakes Q&A sessions on behalf of leading manufacturers Britax, Maxi Cosi and Cosatto. She is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in in-car child safety and delivers CPD accredited expert in-car safety training in partnership with TRL.
Julie Dagnall and Claire Waterhouse are acknowledged experts in the field of child in-car safety. Both enjoyed long careers as local authority road safety officers before setting up Child Seat Safety in 2011. The pair were specialist advisors to the BBC Watchdog programme.