One in six drivers break child seat lawMany ignore the car seat rules, says poll

30 September 2008

child car seat install

One is six drivers are putting children's lives at risk by breaking child car seat rules, says a new survey.

The law states that any child under 12 years old (and shorter than 135cm) must use a suitable restraint.

But a study by insurance firm LV found that 21% of those failing to comply are unaware of this law.

The poll also found that 10% of drivers who are aware of the rules knowingly disregard them.

Breaking law

LV’s figures showed that children getting a lift with friends were most likely to be put at risk - 21% of the 2,104 adults asked said their children’s friends had been transported without using a suitable restraint.

Even those adults who do comply with the law may not be safe. In the survey, 24% said they didn’t check the child seat was correctly installed - an essential requirement of child car safety.

Which? has reviewed child car seats to find the best ones available.

Children injured

Which? child seat expert David Evans said: ‘It's encouraging that the rules, which came into force in 2006, have reduced the number of children injured by more than 1,000 in the first year, according to official figures.’

‘But the LV study shows the figures could and should be reduced further, through better education and enforcement.’

 

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