Three quarters of child car seats are unsafe

Parents are warned to protect their children properly in the car after 73 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 supermarkets in Matlock, Swadlincote, Long Eaton, Ripley, Chesterfield, Staveley, Glossop and Buxton.

A total of 216 seats were checked during the initiative and of that 157 failed.

However, 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.”

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 and 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 or vanessa.ball@derbyshire.co.uk.

You can also get advice about fitting child car seats by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk.