Spot checks find fitting faults with 49% of car seats

Child on a journey 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 Leicester, 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%.

Janet Dewsbury from Glenfield was at the shopping centre with her one-year-old granddaughter Eleanor.

She passed the safety checks, and got some advice about how headrests effect fitting a child seat.

The clinics will show drivers how to properly restrain babies and children on a journey and how to properly install in-car child seats.

Three more sessions are taking place across Leicestershire & Rutland this week.

  • 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

One of the organisers says people shouldn't be afraid to get help.

They also say there's plenty of advice online, to ensure the youngest passengers are safe on the road.

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