New research out today reveals that police checks found a third of older children (aged eight -11) are not using a suitable booster on car journeys where one is required.
Without them millions of children are at risk of injury or worse. For the first time in two decades the number of children killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads has risen, with a spike in the over eight age group.
Older children are dying to be cool and are reluctant to use booster seats and seat belts they see them as babyish. Their lives depend on grown-ups taking the time to educate themselves about how to secure kids in the car so in the event of an accident, they are given the best chance to survive it. Yet parents are giving in to pester power to ditch the booster before children are tall enough or old enough.
If you have any questions about your children and their car seats get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #GMBcarseats before 8.45am on Tuesday 15 March and our expert will reply to as many of your tweets as possible.
What's the law on this?
Children need to stay in a booster until they are at least over 135cm (4ft 4inches) or over the age of 12. Children under 12 and also under 135cm tall must use the appropriate child restraint for their weight (not age) when travelling in the front or back seat of any car, van or goods vehicle. There arevery few exceptions.
'Child restraint' means any baby seat, child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.
A child can use an adult belt when they reach 135cm or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first.
You are liable to prosecution and can be served a monetary fixed penalty of £100 or possibly penalty points if a child is found to be unrestrained. In some cases (children on laps etc) the law also provides for those who are deemed to be carrying passengers in a dangerous manner. This is much more serious and carried a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.
(There are exceptions, in exceptional circumstances In a licensed taxi private hire vehicle the child may travel unrestrained, for a short distance in an unexpected necessity, if two occupied child restraints prevent fitting a third).
Statistics from the Department for Transport show that there is an increase in the number of children being killed or seriously injured in collisions - as well as sustaining minor injuries - once they reach the older eight to 11 category. The number of children killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads has risen for the first time in 20 years.
34 percent of eight to 11 year olds are not using a suitable booster where one is required
55 percent of four to 12 year olds are in backless boosters
79 children aged eight to 11 were killed or seriously injured as car passengers, representing 13 percent of all road related casualties for this age category.
71 percent of children are not sitting safely
Car accidents remain the leading cause of child fatalities in Europe, with incorrectly fitted car seats a major contributing factor. Recent EU survey.
Dept of transports (2014 figures release in Sept) Child Killed or Seriously injured (KSI) casualties have risen in each quarter of 2014 in comparison with the same periods in 2013. These increases have resulted in the first rise of children killed or seriously injured on our roads for 20 years.
If you have any questions about your children and their car seats get in touch via Twitterusing the hashtag #GMBcarseats before 8.45am Tuesday 15 March and our expert will reply to as many of your tweets as possible.