A new child car seat campaign has been launched which focuses on the issue of children being fitted incorrectly in their car seat.
Experts at Child Seat Safety, who have launched the campaign, say that as many as one in three children ‘are at risk right now’ because they are fitted incorrectly in their car seat.
Child Seat Safety has been collating information from its car seat checks over an extended period of time and has discovered that often, although the seat is correctly fitted in the car, the child has not been properly fitted into the seat.
To help overcome this, Child Seat Safety has published a series of tips on its website giving practical advice to parents and others transporting children in car seats.
These tips cover:
- Getting the harness position correct on your child
- Ensuring the harness is correctly tightened
- Removing coats before placing children in car seats
- Older children and high backed or booster seats
- Resisting the temptation to put your child in the next stage seat as soon as they reach the minimum weight – or to keep your child in a seat any longer than the maximum weight or height for that seat.
Julie Dagnall, co-founder of Child Seat Safety, said: “We have said so many times that there is no point in having a perfectly fitted child seat and a poorly fitted child!
“Sadly, though parents and carers seem to still be getting it wrong.
“It’s worrying that although the messages are getting home about checking your seat fits your car – and you get good advice and service from the people in the know – the important part we all play in placing our children in the seats is being seriously neglected.
“No one doubts that car seats save lives, but so do the people fitting the precious cargo in them. Let’s get this right before it goes horribly wrong.”