Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rugby legend Paul lines out for car seat safety campaign

Former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell with nine-month-old Jane Moyles at the launch of the campaign. Photo: Press 22
Former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell with nine-month-old Jane Moyles at the launch of the campaign. Photo: Press 22

David Raleigh

Rugby legend Paul O'Connell has lent his considerable weight to help tackle the numbers of children being killed in road accidents.

The Limerick man teamed up yesterday with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Toyota to encourage parents to avail of a new free child car seat checking service.

Speaking at the launch of the service, Paul said: "This initiative is one that is particularly close to my heart. As a father of two children who are still in car seats, I understand how important it is that they're fitted correctly.

"I would encourage all parents, grandparents and guardians to visit their local Toyota dealership to avail of this life-saving service."

Four out of five child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Ireland, the RSA stated. To reverse this, the 'Check It Fits' service will provide a free checking service nationwide at Toyota dealerships.

"The reality is that if a child's car seat isn't fitted correctly, it could lead to a serious or fatal injury," warned RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock.

Irish Independent

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