Free Child Car Seat Checks
Help make sure your child is safe by checking their car seat is fitted correctly
Recent research shows that 65% of child car seats are not properly fitted. You can get your child's car seat checked at one of our free events. Our experts will be on hand to answer questions and check your child's car seat is correctly fitted:
- our road safety team will be based outside the main reception to answer any questions
- our car seat expert will be based in the car park in designated bays so that you can bring your car to our expert and have your seat checked.
Next child car seat check events
- Thu 9 Mar 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
- Wed 10 May 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
- Thu 13 Jul 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
- Tue 5 Sep 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
- Mon 6 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
- Fri 26 Jan 2018, 10:00 - 15:00
- Wed 7 Mar 2018, 10:00 - 15:00
Littledown Centre, Chaseside, BH7 7DX
Why it's important to make sure your child's car seat is fitted correctly
- Your child's car seat is there to keep injuries to a minimum if there's an accident, so it's extremely important to make sure it's properly fitted. It could even save your child's life.
- Many parents don't get the correct fitting advice from the store they purchased the seat from, putting thousands of lives at risk.
- Not every type of seat will fit every car. Even if the seat is compatible, it could still be fitted incorrectly or the wrong restraint may be used for the child’s weight.
Don't use a second-hand car seat. Experts advise parents not to use a second-hand car seat because the history of the seat may be unknown and it could be damaged.
Come and see our road safety team at one of the free child car seat check days throughout the year to make sure your child's car seat is correctly fitted.
Car seat clinics - results
We evaluate our Road Safety Car Seat Clinics. You can read the full reports from 2013 - 2015 and the Car Seat Clinic in May 2016 below. Please take the time to have a look at these and you'll see why it's so important to have your child's car seat checked. For example, in May 2016, 80% of the children's car seats that we checked were incorrectly fitted.
New booster seats law
We strongly recommend you do not remove the back of high-backed booster seats, or use a backless booster cushion, because the lack of a back and side wings removes any side and head protection from the child car seat, leaving the child vulnerable to head and side injuries, particularly in side impacts. It also makes it more difficult to position the diagonal strap of a three-point adult seat belt correctly across the shoulder.
From early 2017, changes are being made to the rules about backless booster seats. Currently, parents can use these types of seats for children who weigh 15kg (2st 5lbs) and above - typically aged three and over.
- The new rules will mean only children weighing over 22kg (3st 7lbs) who are also over 125cm (4ft 1ins) tall can use the seats.
- The United Nations, which sets the safety standards for car seats, has approved the change which must now be implemented by the EU.
- The government said the earliest the new rules will come into affect is March 2017 and they will affect the whole of the UK.
To find out more about this new law
Argos car seat recall
For further information regarding the recent Argos recall of some of their Mamas and Papas car seats, please use the links below.
i-Size the new European wide standard for child car seats
The i-Size regulations are designed to provide children with additional protection and safety in the car. i-Size does not replace the existing R44/04 legislation, but runs alongside it. The key differences are increased support for the child's head and neck and better protection in the event of both frontal and side-impact. The seat's five-point harness ensures that the child stays in the seat even in a roll-over accident.
For further information regarding the new European i-Size standard for child car seats, go to www.i-size.org.uk
Find out more about in-car safety
If you'd like to know more, email our road safety team firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for our free booklet about in-car safety for up-to-date advice on the law about child car seats.