Good Egg car seat safety campaign saves lives
Mon, 14 Jul 2014
The Good Egg Safety initiative rolled into Ayr and Troon this week raising awareness of common fitting errors associated with child car seats and providing advice on how to improve in-car child safety.
The clinics, run locally by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s Road Safety team, demonstrated ‘common faults’ that have been found from almost 11,000 child car seat checks carried out across the country and provided helpful advice to parents, grandparents and carers.
Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to attend either clinic, a video has been recorded which shows how easy it is to rectify the main car seat faults and can be found on the campaign website – www.goodeggcarsafety.com
With a national Good Egg failure rate of 54%, this statistic demonstrates how important it is to make sure children are safe within their cars to help avoid serious injury or even death in the event of an accident.
Jan James, Chief Executive of Good Egg Safety, said: “In these times of austerity, parents handing down child seats to younger siblings and loaning from friends is perfectly understandable. However unlike cots, prams and pushchairs, using a second-hand child safety seat means you could be putting your child in danger. To be safe, the seat has to be the right seat for your child’s height and weight, the right seat for your make and model of vehicle, and should be correctly fitted. If you don’t know that the seat your child is sitting in is safe, then you have over a 50% chance that it isn’t.
“Free safety seat clinics take place up and down the country, and our research suggests that an alarming 54% of seats are now dangerously fitted, or simply the wrong seat for the car and the child. What’s worse, the figures are going up, not coming down.
“Thanks to a huge amount of help from our valued partners and sponsors, this is our biggest campaign ever. We want to get those figures going in the other direction. Our aim this year is to see a 10% reduction in incorrect fitting. Of course, we want every child to be sitting safely, and 10% is just a start, just to get us to the place where most seats are safe, as opposed to currently where most seats are dangerous.”
Michael McDonnell, Director of Road Safety Scotland said: “Although we find some seats that are totally unsuitable for the child or the car in which it is being used, the majority of faults can be rectified fairly simply and will take only an extra few seconds of your time. They may seem relatively unimportant when you’re in a hurry, but those few seconds could save your child’s life five minutes down the road. So, my advice would be, don’t risk it, you’ve too much to lose.”
Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment said: “Keeping children safe in cars is an absolute priority on any journey, no matter how short it may be, especially if they are travelling in a car seat.
“I’d urge all parents and carers have their child car seat checked by trained road safety professionals to make certain it is fitted correctly and is safe – and the Good Egg initiative is an ideal way to do this quickly and for free.”
The campaign, run in partnership with Good Morning Britain, is also backed by Road Safety Scotland, Arnold Clark Group, Maxi-Cosi, Mamas & Papas, Which?, NCT, Road Safety GB, TRL, Brake, RoSPA and Road Safe.