April 2, 2009

Ignorance of Child Seat Legislation Put Children at Risk

Two Thirds of child seats are not fitted correctly and over 83 per cent of drivers are not aware of UK car seat legislation, according to new research by the baby seat manufactures Britax.

More than 66 per cent of respondents stated that they didn’t know that the law requires children up to the age of 12 to use a car seat and 80 per cent were not aware that UK law requires children under the height of 135cms to use a child seat.

Nearly three quarters of respondents (74 per cent) were not aware of the ISOFIX system, where car manufactures provide small and inconspicuous attachment points in standard locations in new cars onto which car seats can be attached directly, thereby reducing the risk of incorrect fitting.

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “It’s shocking that despite the great safety advances in child seat design over the past 10 years that such significant numbers of child car seats are still fitted incorrectly. Our children are our most precious cargo so we must do all we can to keep them safe and keep within the law.”

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