Car seats found to be incorrectly fitted after Hampshire Police checks

Hampshire Police checked the car seats at safety events
Hampshire Police checked the car seats at safety events

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RESULTS from car seat safety checks held during UN Road Safety Week in Hampshire showed that nearly three in every five car seats were incorrectly fitted.

The safety check events were held by Hampshire Constabulary across the county to help people to understand whether they had fitted car safety seats correctly.

At the Portsmouth event, held at Sainsbury’s in Farlington, 79 seats were checked and only 47 were fitted correctly.

The biggest problem found by officers was belts that were too loose, meaning the seat could move around and the child would not be secure.

Other issues ranged from loose or incorrect harness heights to incorrectly routed belts.

Sergeant Rob Heard from Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Unit said: ‘I was surprised we found so many child seats incorrectly fitted. Some of the faults were minor, but even with the best seat, if it’s not correctly fitted then it could cause serious or fatal injuries to the child.’