76% of child car seats wrongly fitted

Safety events highlight importance of correct seats

Child car seat checks, Coatbridge

At two events run by in Cumbernauld and Coatbridge, 76% of child car seats were found to be incorrectly fitted.

Our Road Safety Team ran the events, offering free advice on choosing and fitting car seats, in partnership with Good Egg Safety and Road Safety Scotland.

Of the 37 checks carried out by a Good Egg Safety expert, 76% of the child car seats were not fitted correctly which could cause injury in the event of an accident.

The most common errors in fitting a car seat were: a slack harness; the vehicle headrest impeding the fit of the seat; the carry handle being in the wrong position; a slack seat belt; and the harness height being incorrect.

"Parents want to make sure they have the correct car seat for their child, but fitting it is just as important for their safety," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.

"It was disappointing to see so many seats wrongly fitted at our events, and I would encourage parents and carers to look at Good Egg Safety's online guides before they buy and fit a car seat - their advice is invaluable."

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