RSA Check It Fits Road Show Coming to Midleton Next Week

by Seamus Whelehan

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When it comes to shopping for a car seat for your baby or child, the RSA advice to keep two things in mind. Will it fit the needs of my child? Is it compatible with your car?
Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 27,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Of these, 83% required some adjustment. Worryingly, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.
This November East Cork parents and guardians can learn how to install child safety seats for free when the RSA Check It Fits road show rolls into Midleton on Tuesday 14 November.
The event will take place from 10:00am – 5:30pm in the car park of Hurley’s Super Valu Towns Park.
Aisling Leonard, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer for the RSA says “Almost 2 out of 5 children killed are passengers and Garda reports into collisions indicate that 1 in 10 children were not wearing a seatbelt or using a child restraint.”
The shape of car seats, the length of safety belts and the position of safety belt anchor points can differ between cars. Not all child seats fit all cars for instance some seat belts can be too long for certain seats.
According to the RSA the biggest mistakes many parents make are not reading the manual or understanding it correctly.
Their advice "get the seat fitted by the retailer in your car." Some retailers are very knowledgeable about child restraints, others are not. Try to find a retailer who will let you try the seat in your car first and who will demonstrate how it should be fitted. If this is not possible make sure you can return the seat if it's not suitable.
When choosing a family car the general rule is to purchase one with short seat belts.
To learn more about child car seat safety log onto www.rsa.ie/childsafetyincars/

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