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Newtown residents urged to have child seats checked

 
Created on 18/11/2016 @ 11:33
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Newtown residents who use a child car seat can have them checked out by Powys County Council for free to ensure that they are fitted correctly.

The council’s Road Safety Unit provides a free car seat checking service. 

Anyone who uses a car seat and wants it checked out should contact the unit to make an appointment.

Seven out of ten car seats for children tested in 2015 in England and Wales do not meet minimum fitting standards.  Good Egg Safety, which has tested 20,500 child safety seats in England, Wales and Scotland since 2002, found that 71% of seats tested in England and Wales were unsafe.

Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: "Every year around 100,000 children in the UK are involved in collisions and the fitting of their car seat can have serious consequences on whether or not they are injured.

"We check the car seat to see if it is suitable for your child and if it is compatible with your vehicle. If the seat or the harness needs to be adjusted, our officers are trained to show parents or carers how to fit the seat correctly.

“I encourage anyone who uses a child car seat to make use of this important service. These checks will not cost you anything and could ultimately save your child’s life.”

"Please come to see our Road Safety Unit for a car seat check, child seat laws and fitting advice. Anything we can do to increase your child’s safety could make a big difference in the event of a collision."

If you want to book an appointment, you can do so by calling 01686 611586. Alternatively, visit www.powys.gov.uk and search Road Safety Training to download a form to fill in and email to road.safety@powys.gov.uk

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