A Good Morning Britain investigation has unveiled 80% of parents do not how to properly strap their child's car seat into their vehicle, putting the safety of their infant at risk.
In a collision at 30mph, an unrestrained child would hit the front seat - and anyone in it - with a force of between 30 to 60 times his or her own body weight.
Child safety company Good Egg Safety provided a helpful check list for parents who want to make sure their child is safely strapped in.
- Fit your seat properly with professional help.
- Seats will come with fitting instructions. Follow them. Do not improvise.
- Make sure the seat is fitted firmly and securely.
- Give the seat a shake at the base where the seat belt is - a properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
- Keep the fitting instructions in the car
- Never fit a rear-facing seat in a car seat with an active airbag.
- Make sure the adult seat belt passes through all the correct guides.
- Never modify the seat or adult seat belt to make it fit.
- Do not let the seat belt buckle or be bent over or rest on the child seat frame.
- Recheck your seat before each journey