Child car seats tested
Published Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Shoppers in Carluke have taken advantage of making sure their children's car seats are fitted correctly.
The councils Traffic and Transportation Section recently invited The Good Egg Team along to Tesco in the town to show how child car seats should be fitted correctly and that they were the right size for the child's height.
A properly restrained child in a car is 90% less likely to be killed in an accident. Recent campaigns and research have highlighted that many child seats are incorrectly fitted and many children are not restrained at all.
Parent Hazel Dobb, who attended the clinic with her 10-month old daughter Isla, said: "This is the first time I have had a car seat checked over and I have been using them for three and a half years since my first child was born.
"This is a great service, I got answers to all my questions and I learned a lot."
By supporting the Scottish Good Egg In-Car Child Safety campaign, which is running nationally, the council is continuing to boost its proven track record of success in significantly contributing to the reduction in casualty rates among child passengers across Scotland over the last 10 years.
Councillor Graham Simpson, the chair of the council's Road Safety Forum, said: "I'm sure every parent knows how important it is to have your child in a car seat.
"However, 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.
"That's why I was particularly pleased that so many people took the opportunity to come along to the free checks that were on offer.
"Anything that can help reduce the number of children involved in accidents will always have our full support."
More details about the Good Egg Campaign are available at www.protectchild.co.uk