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Dramatic fire rescue photos show how a car seat can save a baby’s life

A seven-month-old baby escaped with only minor injuries thanks to a properly fitted car seat

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Chilling images of a car crash in Plymouth last week have been released by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue to highlight the importance of a properly fitted car seat.

The car crash occurred between two vehicles on the westbound carriageway of the A38 on the afternoon of Saturday, 13 January.

The car seat was a Maxi-Cosi, and the emergency services who shared the image reported on the incident:

‘A baby escaped a serious road traffic collision on the A38 this afternoon with only minor injuries due to suitably fastened baby seat. Please travel safe and buckle up everyone.’

Make sure your car seat is safe by carrying out our 10 essential car seat fitting checks before you set off.

Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue confirmed that fire crews made the vehicles and scene safe using one hose reel jet, one dry powder extinguisher and small tools. First aid was given to the seven-month-old baby until the arrival of the ambulance.

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Close-up of the car seat in the car. (Credit: Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service)

A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue, said: ‘All children must be put in an appropriate car seat for their height and age.’

They also reminded: ‘Always wear a seatbelt as not only is it a legal requirement, but you are twice as likely to die in a crash if you are not wearing one. Even on short familiar journeys, wearing a seatbelt is by far the wisest decision.’

Fit your car seat safely

Which? has been testing car seats since 1967 and our tests go above and beyond the legal minimum standard. The best child car seats will provide protection from both front and side-impact crashes – two of the most common types of crash.

Experts analyse our crash test results, ease-of-use data and ergonomic assessments to give each car seat a total test score, so you can see which are the best and worse, and directly compare models with each other.

Lisa Galliers, Which? car seat expert, says: ‘It’s so important to make sure that not only is your car seat installed correctly, but that your baby is strapped into the car seat tightly. Both of these can help protection from the forces of a car crash if you’re involved in an accident.

‘It’s also best to keep your baby rearward-facing for as long as possible in their baby car seat. More than half of parents (52%) surveyed in 2017 believed it was safest for children to travel facing forwards in their car seat from nine-months-old, which is far too early.*

‘Our advice is to keep babies in their baby car seat until they outgrow it either in height or weight, which is around 13kg, or 12-15-months old. i-Size baby seats have to be used rear-facing until 15-months old.’

Find out which car seats do best in our crash tests and go on to be named Best Buy baby and child car seats.

*Survey based on responses from 1,552 parents with a car seat in February 2017.

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