Child car seat warning issued

Protect your child properly in the car - that’s Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s message to parents following news that 78 per cent of child car seats failed during recent safety checks.

Derbyshire County Council teamed up with an expert car seat fitter to offer free checks at Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in Chesterfield last month.

A total of 79 seats were checked and 62 failed. Drivers with badly-fitted seats were shown how to make them safe.

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “Seats must be fitted properly to offer maximum protection. It’s vital that motorists who travel with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the right seat and fitting it correctly. Drivers can contact us for a free guide to choosing and fitting child car seats.”

The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of child car seat unless they are 135cm tall or above. The type of seat a child needs depends on how much he or she weighs.

For a free guide to choosing and fitting car seats, contact Vanessa Ball from Derbyshire County Council on 01629 538060 (vanessa.ball@derbyshire.co.uk) or Aidan Ryrie from Derby City Council on 01332 641778 (roadsafety@derby.gov.uk).

You can also get advice about fitting child car seats by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk - a website that was set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with funding from the Department of Transport.