Saturday 24 February 2018

Chance to make sure child seats correctly fitted

Research from the Road Safety Authority's 'Check it Fits' Service, which checks child car seats and restraints nationwide for free, has revealed that 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted nationwide. On the service's most recent visit to Louth 141 seats were checked.

Worryingly, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in a collision.

To help address this problem, the RSA 'Check it Fits' service will be visiting venues in Louth, where child car seat installation experts will be available to ensure car seats and restraints are correctly fitted. The service takes between 10 to 15 minutes, is free of charge. If your child's car seat or restraint is incorrectly fitted, the 'Check it Fits' experts will advise on how to fix the problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have to avoid potential serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision.

Adrian O'Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Louth County Council said: 'I would encourage anyone with a child seat in their vehicle to come along to the upcoming visit to County Louth. Parents cannot assume that their child's seat has been fitted correctly'. The RSA will be at the Marshes on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March from 10am to 5,30pm.

The Argus

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