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Parents – is your car seat knowledge up to spec?

According to recent surveys, an alarming quarter of parents are putting their child at risk due to widespread confusion.

Research carried out by nursery group Kiddi Caru found particularly worrying statistics relating to parents’ car safety knowledge.

A law change in 2017 stated the most suitable way to transport babies in cars but it seems this hasn’t been brought to the attention of a quarter of UK parents

Most parents in the survey were aware that rear facing child car seats are safer than front facing ones. Yet despite the law changing in 2017, making rear facing compulsory until 15 months, one in 10 parents in the survey believe babies are safe to face front from just six months old. A quarter chose to turn their children to front facing at 12 months.

Rear-facing seats provide more head support and spinal protection for babies and young children in the event of a crash, with researchers saying they offer up to five times the protection of a front facing seat.

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.

Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt, and you can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

With potential accidents being so severe, you can be fined up to £500 and given three penalty points if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you’re driving.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules

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