Car child seat safety shocker

Recent spot checks of child car seats by road safety experts in Leicestershire found problems in half the vehicles they saw. This week a series of clinics are taking place to help drivers strap their youngsters in correctly.

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Children at risk from poorly fitted car seats - full report

There's alarming evidence about how safe children are in our cars.

A spot check by safety experts in the East Midlands found that more than a third of child seats weren't fitted properly or were incorrect.

Safety teams found the worrying evidence today while they worked on a campaign in Leicestershire to cut down on children being killed or seriously hurt. Chris Halpin reports.


Child car seat clinics this week in Leicestershire & Rutland

A series of child car seat clinics are being held across Leicestershire and Rutland this week to highlight the dangers of improperly fitted seats.

It's after previous sessions in the county found up to half of all vehicles spot checked had problems.

Today around 50 motorists were given free advice at Beaumont Leys Shopping centre, with three more events planned this week on:

  • Tuesday 4th June, Asda Barkby Thorpe Lane, Thurmaston 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday 5th June, Tesco, South Street Oakham, 9:30am-12:00
  • Wednesday 5th June, Brooke Priory School, Oakham, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Spot checks find fault with 49% of child car seats

Child preparing for a journey in a car seat Credit: PA

Road safety experts say a recent spot check of child car seats in Leicestershire found problems in nearly half the vehicles they saw.

In October a check by the Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership found seats were either not fitted correctly, or the wrong seats were being used.

Today experts offered advice to motorists at the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre.

The number of vehicles not meeting the recommended standards fell to 38%.


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