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Use of correct car seat/booster is essential for child safety

Brake, the road safety charity has carried out a survey, the results of which suggest that parents do not always use the correct car seat for their child.

More than a quarter of mothers and fathers have used a child car seat or booster seat that did not fit properly, according to a survey of 1,000 parents.

Nearly half of parents do not always ensure their child uses an appropriate child car seat or booster seat when travelling in a taxi or someone else’s car, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) have used a second-hand child seat or booster seat, which is not recommended by experts.

This is very worrying indeed.

Choosing the right car seat or booster seat is essential to a child’s safety in the car as using inappropriate seats or boosters will mean the child is exposed to serious brain and orthopaedic injuries in the event of a road traffic accident.

In the UK parents must use a child or booster seat until their child is either 12 years old or 135cm tall.

According to Brake every year more than 700 children under eight are killed or seriously injured on roads in the UK. Child restraints greatly reduce the risk of death or injury in a collision.

However, getting the right advice about choosing and fitting a child car seat is not always easy. Which ? provide advice and guidance on getting this right.

If parents get this wrong, not only do they put their children at risk of serious injury, they could also be held partly to blame for the accident.

See my earlier blog about the tragic case involving Louise and Emma Hughes.

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