The fact that seven out of 10 child car seats are incorrectly fitted could be contributing to a “sharp rise” in child road deaths, according to Good Egg Safety.
71% of the seats tested by Good Egg Safety in 2014 in England and Wales were unsafe, while the corresponding figure in Scotland was 64%. Across the UK the figure was 67%.
The Good Egg figures come on the back of DfT stats which show that the number of children killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has risen for the first time in two decades.
Jan James, chief executive of Good Egg Safety, said: "The DfT’s figures show that we are not, as a nation, taking child car safety seriously enough.
"The saddest thing is most parents and grandparents genuinely want what is best for their children, they just don’t know how to choose the right seats nor how to fit them. We’ve put all the advice on our website, free of charge.”
Honor Byford, chair of Road Safety GB, said: "There are so many different makes, styles and versions of child car seats that it isn’t surprising that so often the seat that parents (or grandparents) have bought is either not the best one for that car or is proving difficult to fit securely every time you make a journey.
“We strongly recommend that parents check if their car has ISOFiX child seat securing points – most new cars have had these for some years now. Using an ISOFiX seat means that the seat is bolted into the frame of the car and is not entirely dependent on the tightness of the adult seatbelt around it.
“We are pleased to support Good Egg Safety with their clear and helpful guides for parents and appreciate the work they do in supporting local road safety officers to help parents provide the best protection they can for their children."
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