Unsafe child car seatsSpot checks show many child car seats are unsafe

06 October 2006

Trading standards officers in Wales found that two thirds of child car seats were unsafe during spot checks this summer.

Officers in Newport said they were shocked by some the attitude of some parents who said they didn't have time to fit the car seats correctly.

Newport councillor Ray Truman said: 'No parent would want to put their child at risk of serious injury, but that is exactly what is happening by not having the right car seat installed.'

Which? survey

A new means that, since 18 September this year, children up to 12-years-old who are also under 135cm in height will need to sit in a car seat or booster seat while travelling in a car.

A survey by Which? last month found that three in ten parents affected by the new laws don't understand what it means for them and a fifth don't even know the law is changing.

The UK government claims the move could save up to 2,000 children a year from death or injury in road accidents.

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