Free child seat safety checks in Matlock

PArents are being given a helping hand to ensure their child’s seat is fitted correctly.

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is putting out the message to get seats fitted properly in the lead up to Child Safety Week, from June 18 to 24.

Derbyshire County Council has teamed up with an expert car seat fitter to offer free safety checks at Sainsbury’s, Matlock on Tuesday, June 19, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “We’re urging parents to take advantage of these free checks during Child Safety Week.

“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.

The type of seat a child needs depends on how much he or she weighs.

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

During Child Safety Week, Derby City Council will be distributing educational resources to schools.