Free safety checks for children’s car seats

Published on: Wednesday, 14-October-2015

Parents, grandparents and carers are invited to have children’s car seats checked at a free ‘Car Seat Clinic’ on Tuesday 20 October.

Experts from Knowsley Council’s Road Safety team and representatives from the Good Egg Safety campaign will be available between 10am and 4pm at Asda in Huyton to check child car seats and provide important tips about car safety for children.

Last week, new figures revealed that 71% of child car seats are either fitted incorrectly or incompatible to the child or car. This event will highlight the risks posed by incorrectly fitted car seats and is part of the council’s commitment to the ‘Good Egg In-Car Child Safety Campaign’ which has reduced casualty rates among child passengers across the country.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “This is an excellent opportunity for parents and carers to make sure their child passengers are travelling safely.

“The figures are quite alarming and statistics show that if a child passenger is restrained in a car, they are less likely to sustain a head injury in a collision than a child who isn’t securely fastened in.

“I would encourage parents, grandparents and carers to come along to the drop in clinic to receive some expert advice and for their own peace of mind.”

The team will be based at the left of the main entrance of Asda in Huyton 10am – 4pm.

About Good Egg Safety

Good Egg Safety campaigns to help keep families safer. Good Egg provides information on safe driving for new and older motorists, family cycling, in-car child safety, and in-home child safety. www.goodeggsafety.com

About the car seat checks

Figures used in the release are based on 2,914 seats checked by Good Egg Safety in 2015 as of October 6th 2015.  A total of 1,632 seats were checked in England, with 77% incorrectly fitted. A further 1,282 were checked in Scotland, with 62% incorrectly fitted.