Study finds alarming number of incorrectly fitted child seats in St Helens

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Almost three-quarters of child car seats in St Helens are incorrectly fitted, an alarming new report reveals.

The statistic is part of a report from St Helens Council warning about the dangers of unsafe car seating.

Now they have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issues among parents.

The council has adopted the award-winning Good Egg In-Car Child Safety campaign to benefit from its proven record of success in significantly reducing casualty rates among child passengers throughout the UK.

Coun Lisa Preston, cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “It’s a startling fact that an unrestrained child passenger can suffer fatal injuries in a collision at less than 5mph.

“Although well intentioned parents may install a child car seat to protect their child, the danger of serious injury is just as great if the seat is not fitted properly or if they have chosen the wrong type of seat for the height, weight and age of the child.”

Coun Preston added: “We are delighted to be launching the Good Egg campaign in St Helens and strongly urge anyone with responsibility for carrying children in their car to learn more about this vital issue by visiting the website – and, most of all, by getting their child car seats checked out by experts at the event for complete peace of mind.”

Parents can find out more about the campaign by contacting St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team on 01744 671656 or by visiting www.goodeggcarsafety.com