With 27% of parents confused about car seat safety Cornwall Trading Standards and Fire and Road Safety are offering free community car seat safety checks and car bibles.
A trained Road Safety Officer will complete a car seat safety check, which will take approximately 10 minutes, and share some road safety advice. Trading Standards will also be on hand to promote child product safety advice.
Cornish residents who travel with babies and primary school aged children are welcome to pop along to the events taking place between 9.30am and 3pm:
- Wednesday 22 March 2017 at St Stephens Community Academy, Roydon Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8HL
The law regarding booster seats for children changes on 01 March 2017.
The new rules don’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and it doesn’t mean that they are illegal so parents who already own and use backless boosters will still be permitted to use them. However 66% of parents with children under the age of 12 do not know the current laws about child car seats and these changes may encourage parents to consider checking how their child travels.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities said “All parents give the wellbeing of their children high priority and with the law changing this is a great opportunity to get your free child’s safety seat check and ensure that it best protects your youngster in the event of an accident.”
Jane Tomlinson from Cornwall Council Trading Standards says “Your child can travel safely by following a few basic guidelines. Always buy new from a reputable supplier as they are guaranteed to be made to the strict European-wide safety standards and UK law legally approved E-marked (Capital E in a circle) car seat standard which have been the subject of rigorous crash safety testing. Many retailers will check it is suitable for your child’s weight and size and show you how to correctly fit it in your car for the first time. Buying a second hand child car seat, including those often sold as part of a travel system, is not recommended as the instructions are often missing. In addition, you do not know if it has sustained an impact or been in a collision resulting in internal damage that is not visible to the naked eye. Car seats must never be used in a side-facing seat and if you use the car’s front passenger seat then this airbag must be turned off”.