Majority of child car seats 'fitted incorrectly'Parents urged to check car safety arrangements

16 February 2009

Two-thirds of child car seats are fitted incorrectly, the AA said

Two-thirds of child car seats are fitted incorrectly, the AA said

Parents are being urged to review their car safety arrangements after research revealed that two thirds of child car seats are fitted incorrectly.

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The AA and car seat manufacturer Britax conducted a joint survey, and found that just 32.5% of drivers installed child car seats properly.

And, worryingly, more than 83% of drivers questioned were unaware of the UK’s strict rules on the use of child car seats.

Child car seat law

UK law states that all children travelling by car must use a suitable car seat until they are 135cm tall or 12 years old.

AA president Edmund King said: 'It's shocking that despite the great safety advances in child seat design over the past 12 years that such significant numbers of child car seats are still fitted incorrectly.

'Our children and grandchildren are our most precious cargo so we must do all we can to keep them safe and keep within the law.'

Best child car seats

There are dozens of safety restraints on the market, but as this crash test video shows, there is a huge difference in the protection offered by the best and worst child car seats.

This guide to child car seats shows you the models that fared best in Which? tests and reveals Best Buy child car seats that cost as little as £68.


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