Two-thirds of child car passengers are being put at risk of injury or death because of poorly fitted seats, the Observer has learned. At least 66% of car seats for babies and young children
are wrongly fitted, according to figures supplied by local authority
road safety officers around the country. Many were poorly fitted by
parents, but a separate investigation by consumer group Which? found
that almost half those installed by retailers' own fitting services were
Not all seats fit all cars. Devon County Council’s Sustainable and Safer Travel Team can check your child’s car seat is correctly fitted in your vehicle and offer advice on the fitting and buying of appropriate child car seats.This is a FREE service and operates on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis at two locations in Devon:-
Devon Travel Academy, Westpoint, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
The first Wednesday of every month between 9.30am and 12 Midday.
Ivybridge Fire Station, Ermington Road, Ivybridge, PL21 9ES
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the number one cause of death among children in the United States is injury sustained in motor vehicle crashes. Unfortunately, some of these deaths and severe injuries could easily be prevented by following some simple car safety guidelines in relation to child passengers. These 10 tips can help you keep your child safe while you’re on the road, and shouldn’t be neglected even for short jaunts.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s road safety team is distributing seatbelt and child restraint leaflets to every school in the county in a bid to promote seatbelt use.
The Grizzly Gravell bear helped to launch the new seatbelt and child restraint campaign at Ysgol Eglwyswrw on Monday.
The numbers that involve children and road accidents “are frightening”: Between 1998 and 2011, a total of 1,020 children have died and almost 84,500 have been injured, APSI President Sandra Nascimento told Lusa News Agency.
However, the statistics show a “significant” reduction in the number of children who are the victims of road accidents since 1998, the year when APSI began compiling the data available from the National Road Authority (ANR).
Alfa Romeo and Mamas & Papas have revealed that parents are relying on friends and family rather than experts to get advice on car child seats – and more than half have never been shown how to correctly install their child’s car seat.
The surprise new findings come despite 80% of new parents admitting their driving behaviour has changed as a result of having a child.
A perfectly installed child safety seat saved an infant from injuries after the vehicle flipped on its roof after striking a utility pole Monday evening.
“It was installed absolutely perfect,” said Sunbury police officer Jamie Quinn.
“There was no visible injuries whatsoever to the child, thanks to how that seat was installed.”
Experts call for laws mandating use of devices to save lives
Millions of Chinese parents are putting their children's lives in danger by not using child car seats, safety experts and industry insiders warn.
China had 114 million automobiles on the road by the end of June, and 76 percent of them were private cars, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
CAR seats - most parents have one but only 50 per cent know how to fit one, according to a new poll.
And 61 per cent admit they didn’t realise different car seats were suitable for different cars.
The survey also reveals a third of parents do not know that children should face the rear of the car when in their safety seats.
The poll was conducted for National Road Safety Week as part of the Safer Seat 2012 campaign by Mamas & Papas.
Nearly half of the children in cars stopped at police checkpoints on Wednesday were in seats that had dangerous faults, officials said.
Plunket staff and Timaru police joined forces for the second time in as many months to conduct a child safety checkpoint on vehicles at three locations around Timaru from 8.30am to noon.
They checked 45 children in vehicles and identified 22 as having significant problems with their safety restraints, Plunket carseat services co-ordinator Debbie Kingan said.
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