Four in five child car seats are incorrectly fitted across Ireland, according to research from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
The Road Safety Authority’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service more than 35,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland since 2013, including 539 in Cork last year alone.
Almost 80% of these 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 the event of a collision.
The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ service will be visiting Cork where child car seat installation experts will be available to ensure car seats and restraints are correctly fitted.
The service takes between 10-15 minutes, is free of charge and offers parents and guardians reassurance that their child is safe while travelling in the car.
“Almost two out of five children killed are passengers and Garda reports into collisions indicate that one in 10 children were not wearing a seatbelt or using a child restraint in 2014,” said Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer for the RSA.
“More recent statistics have shown an increase in child passenger fatalities on the road.
“The reality is that if a child’s car seat isn’t fitted correctly, it could lead to a serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision,” she added.
“Having a correctly fitted car seat is a simple measure parents, grandparents and guardians can take to ensure children are safe while travelling by car.
“I would encourage people to visit the ‘Check it Fits’ when it comes to Cork and give yourself the peace of mind that your children are travelling safely.” Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA, said the RSA ‘Check it Fits’ service is there “to provide professional, trustworthy advice to parents and guardians around child car seat safety”.
“We would advise all parents to ensure that when they buy a new car seat, that they get the seat fitted by an expert.”