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Checks find that over 1 in 3 child safety car seats are incorrectly fitted

Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service have been touring around Norfolk this summer hosting free child car seat checks across the county. The team have now checked 893 children’s car seats.  They have uncovered 335 faults so far, 314 of which were able to be fixed on the spot. The 38% fault rate is slightly higher than last year.

Child seat checkMargaret Dewsbury Chair of Communities Committee said “It’s good to see the Road Safety Team, supported by Norfolk Fire & Rescue, actively going out and sharing their expertise on child car seat fitting within the community. Simple fitting errors can be easily remedied but badly fitted seats can have devastating results and now thanks to the dedication of the crew hundreds of parents and carers can be reassured that their child seats are now correctly fitted.  I would encourage any parent to get their child car seats checked, if they are unable to attend the roadshow but have concerns about their car seats they can also arrange an appointment directly with the road safety team.”

Iain Temperton Road Safety officer said “It usually only takes one minute to check a seat and not much longer to fix any problems we find. We find all sorts of errors from incorrect fixing to the wrong type of seat being used for the size of the child. It can be a complicated subject, so why not take 5 minutes out of your day and let us provide advice and guidance to keep your most precious cargo safe?”

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The car seat safety check tour continues into next week with the following dates:

Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn - Sainsburys

Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco

Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco

Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco

Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda.

Families  can also ask the experts about any aspect of road safety at the events, alternatively parents  can contact the road safety team at roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk should they have any direct concerns.

 

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