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Three quarters fail car test.

More than three quarters of children's car seats were found to be fitted incorrectly during safety events run by North Lanarkshire Council.

The council's road safety team checked 37 child seats during the events ran in partnership with Good Egg Safety and Road Safety Scotland.

They discovered that 76 per cent weren't fitted properly and could cause injuries to children sitting in them if an accident were to happen.

Common mistakes found included; slack harnesses, slack seatbelts, harnesses set at the wrong height, headrests impeding the fitting of the seat, and carry handles in the wrong position.

The events offering free advice on choosing and fitting car seats took place across the region.

Councillor Michael McPake, convener of the council's Environment and Transportation Committee, said: "Parents want to make sure they have the correct car seat for their child, but fitting it is just as important for their safety, "It was disappointing to see so many seats wrongly fitted at our events, and I would encourage parents and carers to look at Good Egg Safety's online guides before they buy and fit a car seat their advice is invaluable."

More information on aspects of road safety and child car seats is available at www.goodeggcarsafety.com

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Playing safe Sandra Gemmil (safety expert from Good Egg Safety), Kevin and Arrabella Lyall, and Councillor Michael McPake

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Publication:Wishaw Press (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Date:Jul 31, 2019
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