Seven out of ten kids car seats do not meet minimum fitting standards

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Seven out of ten kids car seats do not meet minimum fitting standards

Seven out of ten car seats for children tested in 2014 in England and Wales do not meet minimum fitting standards, say Good Egg Safety.

Good Egg, which has tested 20,500 child safety seats in England, Wales and Scotland since 2002, found that 71% of seats tested in England and Wales were unsafe in 2014, and 64% in Scotland. The national average over the last five years has been 57%, but this masks a year-on-year increase from 47% in 2010 to 67% in 2014.

The figures come at the same time as Department for Transport statistics revealing that the number of children killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has risen for the first time in two decades. This means that two thirds of the children and babies in Britain are now at risk as a result of the seat being improperly fitted, incorrect for the size and weight of the child, or wrong for the make and model of vehicle.

On-line purchases, second-hand seats and hand-me-downs have also contributed to a sharp 43% growth in incorrect fitting since 2010. Good Egg online surveys also show that certain retailers are failing to give the necessary basic advice for a safe fitting.

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