Council to provide free car seat checks

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PARENTS are being urged to get a free safety check on their children’s car seats.

Portsmouth City Council is running checks at supermarkets and shopping centres, and the next one is on June 2 from 10am to 3.30pm at Tesco North Harbour.

They are part of a campaign on car seat safety launched earlier this year, because the council’s road safety officers regularly find around 90 per cent of car seats fail their safety checks.

Most that fail the checks are fitted incorrectly, but many are not right for the model of 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.

‘The best way to protect children is by putting them in a properly fitted seat, appropriate for their weight and size.”

For more information and advice, parents and carers can call the council on (023) 9268 8262 or go to the council’s website portsmouth.gov.uk.