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. You can bring your car to our expert and have your seat checked.
Get expert advice for choosing and fitting a new car seat, from the Good Egg Safety Website.
Also, watch the video highlighting a 'fatal' rear-facing infant carrier car seat fitting error.
Next child car seat check events
- 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. It is 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. 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 results from our recent Car Seat Clinic in March 2017 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 March 2017, nearly 80% of the children's car seats that we checked were incorrectly fitted.
Booster seats law
We strongly recommend you do not remove the back of high-backed booster seats, or use a backless booster cushion. The lack of a back and side wings removes any side and head protection from the child car seat. This would leave 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 March 2017, changes were made to the rules about backless booster seats. Previously, parents could buy these types of seats for children who weigh 15kg (2st 5lbs) and above, typically aged three and over.
- The rules mean retailers can only sell backless boosters for children who weigh over 22kg (3st 7lbs) and who are over 125cm (4ft 1ins) tall.
- The United Nations, which sets the safety standards for car seats, has approved the change which must now be implemented by the EU.
- This rule puts the onus of responsibility onto the retailer. However, we would recommend that if you have a backless booster, you do not use this until your child fits the criteria above. Ideally we would recommend your keep your child in a high-backed booster seat until they are at least 135cm in height.
To find out more about this law
Argos car seat recall
For further information regarding the Argos recall of some of their Mamas and Papas car seats, please use the links below.
i-Size the 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.
These seats offer 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 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 email@example.com. Ask for our free booklet about in-car safety for up-to-date advice on the law about child car seats.