Nearly a third of parents are risking their children's safety by not being shown how to fit a new car seat correctly. That's possibly because more than a quarter of all parents are buying their car seat online where they're not shown how to install it.
That's why we always recommend buying your car seat from a retailer that offers a fitting service so an expert can check the car seat will fit in your vehicle as well as make sure it's installed correctly.
We asked 2,949 parents who bought a new car seat if they were shown how to fit it in their car.
We asked 3,286 parents how they bought their child's car seat.
27% did their browsing and bought their car seat from an online retailer.
While there are some great deals to be found online, limiting yourself to shopping and buying online is risky as you might buy a seat that won't fit in your car and you won't have the knowledge to fit it.
One of the benefits of going to a store such as Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, John Lewis, Halfords, Smyths and independent car seat shops is that you can ask for a demonstration of several car seats.
All the retailers listed above offer a fitting service, which means you can get your car seat fitted by a trained expert before buying it and can check it fits safely and securely in your car.
Mothercare is going out of business though and Mamas & Papas has announced it's closing six of its 32 shops.
But there are other options if you aren't able to have it fitted by an expert at the time of purchase.
You can also visit a qualified car seat specialist to make sure it's installed correctly, for example at a specialist car seat centre, a council-run car seat event or one of many nationwide events held by car seat safety organisations.
If you're finding it tricky to get to a car seat checking event in your area, visit and browse the page. There you'll be able to locate a trained car seat advisor near you who can answer your questions.
As well as having your car seat initially fitted by an expert, it's crucial you check to make sure it's securely attached and there's nothing to compromise your child's safety.
You can do it yourself and should do it regularly.
It's also worth having an expert checking your car seat every so often, especially if it's being moved to a new car or if you swap it between different cars frequently.