A new child seat training course has been launched on the back of data which suggests that seven out of 10 child car seats are either fitted incorrectly or incompatible to the child or car.
Results from just under 3,000 child car seat checks carried out by Good Egg Safety in 2015, reveal that 71% of the seats were either fitted incorrectly or incompatible. 1,632 seats were checked in England, with 77% incorrectly fitted, while in Scotland 1,282 were checked, with 62% incorrectly fitted.
Jan James, CEO of Good Egg Safety, described the findings as “simply appalling”, and added: “After 14 years of extensive campaigning for the safer transportation of children, we are sadly still seeing fitment errors in more than two thirds of all child car seats. This means that babies and children remain at serious risk, which is completely unacceptable.”
To help tackle the problem, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has launched a new CPD (continuous professional development) accredited Advanced Child Seat Training Course, delivered in partnership with Good Egg Safety.
The course aims to train retailers, road safety professionals and child safety advocates to correctly advise on the installation and use of car seats. It covers areas including how car seats are tested, how to choose the right car seat and how to install them correctly within a vehicle.
Tanya Robinson, child safety centre manager at TRL, said: “Choosing and installing the right car seat can be a minefield for parents, so it’s vital that they are getting the right advice from retailers, manufacturers and road safety professionals. That’s exactly what the training course sets out to do.”
Alan Kennedy, Road Safety GB business and operations manager, added: “This course is very important in providing further layers of knowledge for road safety professionals and others who strive to keep children safe in cars.
“Accreditation and continuing professional development is vital in the road safety industry and this course is in line with the aims and objectives of the Road Safety GB Academy.”
Contact Good Egg Safety for details of when and where the course will run.