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The hidden danger of a child's car seat that parents need to know; Not enough parents know the importance of this.

Byline: Lottie Gibbons

Every parent knows how important it is to buy a seat that fits your car and is suitable for your child's age and body.

But it's just as important to make sure you're cleaning your child's car seat regularly - otherwise, it could have disastrous consequences.

A new study from Leasing Options has found that shockingly, almost half of parents clean their child car seat less than once every six months.

The findings showed that 44 per cent of parents clean their child's car seats less than once every six months, with one in fifteen parents saying they never wash their child's car seat.

And even if your child's car seat may appear clean, Leasing Options swabbed the various parts of the interiors of cars to see what germs lie hidden from our eyes.

The steering wheels, hand brakes, gear sticks and centre consoles/radios swabbed all registered at between 10-20 LOD (Level Of Detection) for bacteria.

However, the child's car seat registered a massive 3,000 LOD.

The main bacteria found on the child's car seat was 'faecal streptococci' and it can cause bacterial pneumonia, ear infections and bacterial meningitis.

This is to ensure you can get into every nook and cranny, thus ensuring the best clean possible.

Begin by removing as much grime as possible with anti-bacterial wipes and a vacuum cleaner.

Most child seats have removable fabric covers. Once removed these can usually be thrown into the washing machine for a thorough cleanse.

Using a mild detergent and a damp cloth or sponge, rub away all dirt and grime from the seat's base then rinse well with water.

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Straps should not be put in the washing machine as it can degrade their strength, causing potential safety hazards. Instead, these should be cleaned using a soft cloth, warm water and a bar of gentle soap. As for buckles, these are best treated by being dunked into warm water and then moved around to dislodge any dirt.

Once thoroughly cleaned it's time to reinstall the seat back into the car.

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The hidden danger of a car seat

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What 3000LOD for bacteria looks like

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Date:Jul 27, 2019
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