Research shows that, in a crash at just 30 mph, an unrestrained or incorrectly restrained child can be thrown forward with a force 30 to 60 times their body weight. Common problems with child seats include:
- Seat belt too loose.
- Seat belt not routed through child seat correctly.
- Buckle crunch (buckle is resting against the frame of the seat).
- Handle on baby seat not positioned correctly.
- Child seat incompatible with car.
- Child seat is old and in bad condition.
- Wrong size for the child.
Tips to help make sure your car seat is fitted correctly courtesy of RoSPA.
- Buy the correct sized seat and seek advice.
- Follow manufacturers instructions on fitting.
- Check with the car manufacturer that your seat is compatible.
- Replace a child seat if it has previously been in a crash.
- Only ever buy brand new child seats.