Child seats that are incorrectly fitted and give no protection to child in an accident!
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I was horrified to learn that the majority of child seats are incorrectly fitted and give no protection to the child in an accident causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.
When the researchers surveyed retailers such as Mothercare, Halfords, BabiesRus and others, they found the majority of the staff gave the wrong advice to parents when purchasing a baby / child seat. One retailer advised that the seat should have good movement from side to side which is completely wrong advice and other retailers advised parents to purchase seats which were not compatible to their car.
It was a surprise to me to learn that not all seats fit every car and when giving advice the first thing to ask is what make and model of car the seat is to be fitting in to. Retailers have said that parents ask advice about seats in the shop but if the seat is not purchased then there is no cause to run through the safety checks.
This is a problem as parents obtain advice from the retailer about a child seat and then purchase the seat through the internet and fit the seat themselves without checking whether the seat is compatible with the car and whether it is correctly fitted. Not only do all retailers of child seats need to address this problem, but parents also have to take some responsibility and ensure the seat is the correct seat for their needs and the car and is properly fitted.
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