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Which? study reveals child car seats are not all safeBack

A new study conducted by Which? has revealed that some parents buy car seats for their children which do not keep them as safe as they should.

In this current day and age, car seats are vital as well as being illegal to travel anywhere without one. In fact, all of the recent studies have shown that they make a crucial difference to a child’s survival rate in the event of a crash.

These days, new parents spend a lot of time researching which car seats are the best ones, but looking at a new study from Which? that seems to have gone unnoticed. The study reveals that although many of us think we are providing the best protection for our children, a lot of the advice we have been given regarding child car seats is incorrect, and many of us could have a product in our car which is not safe.

Which? looked into the advice which was provided by a list of major retailers as well as the circumstances of those who were buying the car seats and found that many of us are not told one vital piece of information – that the seat we’re buying might not actually fit our car. In other words, we may think that we’re expensively protecting our children when we’re actually not.

Researchers from Which? visited a council car seat fitting clinic only to discover that every single one of the car seats the parents who attended had purchased online was wrong for their particular car, wrong for the age of the child or fitted incorrectly into the car – and these are parents who have gone the extra mile to try and get things right.

More and more prospective parents are choosing to buy their child car seats online in order to save money therefore most people do not actually visit a store in order to get the seat fixed properly into the car, and the Which? survey confirms that parents are not being provided with the correct information from the internet.

The study confirms that car seat sellers need to improve their standards when it comes to providing parents with the correct fitting advice as well as issuing a comprehensive product description for the relevant car seat.

But at the same time, parents also need to up their game – statistics show that if all our children were kept in rear facing car seats until the age of 4 they would be five times safer. It is incredibly difficult to purchase a rear-facing car seat for an older child here but they are widely available across Europe.

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 22/04/2013