As part of a road safety campaign, parents and grandparents in Prescot recently had an expert check that their child’s car seat had been fitted correctly – and the results are in.
The campaign by Good Egg In-Car Child Safety and supported by Knowsley Council’s Road Safety Team, aims to protect babies and young children by tackling the issue of poorly fitted or inappropriate car seats.
77% of car seats checked at the event were fitted incorrectly, a figure that mirrors the national results from 2016.
The most common errors found were slack harnesses and slack seat belts which are fortunately classed as ‘minor’ errors. However, 10% of car seats checked had ‘major’ errors which include the child seat not being attached to the car correctly and the seat belt route being incorrect in some way. Issues like these mean that in the event of a collision the baby or child is not protected and could suffer serious injury or worse.
Car seats were also judged on whether the harness and seat belt were twisted or damaged as well as the actual car seat.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “It was alarming that such a high number of the car seats checked were unsafe, however it is reassuring to know that those faults have now been corrected and those babies and young children are now protected properly.
Clearly parents buy car seats with the best of intentions, however the public need to be aware that the risk of serious injury is just as great if the seat is not fitted correctly or if the wrong seat has been chosen for the height, weight and age of the child.
In Knowsley we are passionate about protecting the most vulnerable members of our community and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions. In addition to these types of safety events, our Road Safety team also delivers a comprehensive programme of education and training to every school in Knowsley and is committed to child safety.”
If you missed the event and would like to find out more information about car seat safety please visit Good Egg Car Safety’s website or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a car seat safety guide.