Free advice on fitting car seats 

17/09/10

Families in Bolton can have their child car seat checked for free as part of an initiative to improve safety for children.

Bolton Council is backing the nationwide Good Egg Guide campaign, which is being run by Road Safety GB, and aims to highlight the crucial need to fit child seats correctly and safely.

Road safety officers from Bolton Council and John Horsefall from the Sit Safe Consultancy will be on hand to talk to people about fitting car seats at the Middlebrook Retail Park, near the Asda store on September 21 between 10am and 3pm.

During these clinics they will make sure that car seats are fitted correctly and that they are the right seat for the children using them and the cars they are being used in.

Copies of the Good Egg Guide, a handy take-home-and-keep booklet about child car seats for parents and carers, will also be available.

The book will also be distributed to all expectant mothers for the next 12 months, when they’re undergoing routine checks at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: "The statistics are extremely worrying because they show that eight out of the ten car seats are fitted incorrectly.
“Fitting a child safety seat is something which many parents may take for granted, however, the consequences of getting it wrong are potentially deadly.
"Hopefully this campaign and the events being run locally will show adults how to fit the seats correctly and result in fewer injured children."

Alan Kennedy, the chair of Road Safety GB said: "We're really excited to be able to announce the launch of Road Safety GB's national campaign in Bolton. Children and infants are our most vulnerable road users and an ill-fitted car-seat can mean the difference between life and death.
“The campaign will run throughout England this autumn, and over this period we look forward to helping mums, dads and other carers make sure that their children are safe in the car."

It is hoped that the Good Egg Initiative will become an annual campaign and it is initially being run over several months this autumn.

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