A series of spot-checks run as a joint operation between North Somerset Council road safety officers and the local police revealed that 42% of car seats fitted for the use of children had not been correctly fitted in the car. A total of 182 seats were checked during the procedure and nearly half failed the checks. Furthermore another 14 children were in even more danger had the cars been involved in an accident, since they were travelling with no car seat at all. Clearly the spot-checks worked well in highlighting the dangers.
The car seat safety checks have highlighted how important it is to get the seat fitted properly. Using a car seat is not enough; indeed it could still result in your child being seriously injured if you were involved in an accident. The need for a child seat is left behind when the child reaches either 12-years old or is over 135cm in height. Another issue that was highlighted during these car seat safety checks was the need to adjust the straps for the seat as the child gets older, since they will not remain in the same position as they change in size.
Could you claim compensation if your child is injured due to a car seat that is improperly fitted?
If you were the person who fitted the car seat then the fault lies with you. However if your child should travel in a car with another person, that individual is responsible for making sure they are safe in their car. This means properly fitting a suitable child seat.
Since this area can be difficult to get to grips with, it is always recommended that expert advice be taken from a professional injury compensation lawyer.
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Source: Bristol Post
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown