Free car seat checks for city’s drivers

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FREE checks are on offer to help ensure all child car seats in use in Portsmouth are safe.

Portsmouth City Council road safety officers report that around 90 per cent of car seats in the city fail safety checks, so the authority is running free expert checks for the seats.

The tests are from 10am to 3.30pm on: May 5, Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road; June 2, Tesco, North Harbour; July 2, B&Q, Pompey Centre; August 17, Gunwharf Quays car park; September 1, Sainsbury’s, Farlington; and October 6, at Asda, Fratton.

Council officers find most car seats which fail the tests are not fitted correctly, but some are the wrong model for their car.

Road safety co-ordinator Nicola Waight said: ‘Children are still killed in car accidents because they’re not properly restrained. In a crash at 30mph, a child’s body can be thrown forward with a force 40 to 60 times its own weight. To protect children, put them in a properly-fitted seat.’

For more information, call (023) 9268 8262 or go to portsmouth.gov.uk and search for ‘child car seats’.