1 in 3 car seats incorrectly fitted – is your child safe in your vehicle?

21/11/2017

In Britain, it is the law that children should use a car seat until they are either 135cm tall or 12 years old, whichever comes first. In addition to this law, new rules came into place in March 2017 which state that children must remain in a high backed booster seat (rather than a backless booster cushion) until they are taller than 125cm or weigh more than 22kg. Children aged less than 15 months should sit in a rear-facing seat, although it’s recommended to keep children in rear-facing seats until they are 2 for maximum safety in the event of a car accident.

35% of parents don’t know the rules

With all these rules and regulations, and the huge variety of car seats available on the market, it’s no wonder parents are confused about the law, and the safest way for their children to travel. A live study conducted by insurance company Sheila’s Wheels found that out of 100 randomly selected vehicles with a car seat, 1 in 3 seats were incorrectly fitted, and would fail to protect the child in a collision. Research conducted by Halfords earlier this year showed that 35% of parents were unaware of changes to the law regarding child car seats.

How do I know if my car seat is fitted correctly?

A correctly fitted car seat should:

  • Be fitted in the back of the vehicle if possible. Any airbags should be deactivated.
  • Have minimal sideways and forward movement.
  • Be held in place either by isofix fittings or by the adult seat belt threaded correctly through the route on the back of the seat with no twists.
  • Be sitting squarely on the seat of the car with nothing underneath, and with the car headrest in the correct position.

In an effort to improve car seat safety in the UK, some retailers now offer car seat checks or a fitting service, and will install your seat in your vehicle correctly for you. While this is helpful, spot checks have shown that even qualified staff don’t get it right 100% of the time. For parents who need to move seats from car to car, or take the seat in and out depending on who is travelling, it is absolutely essential to know how to fit the seat themselves to the required safety guidelines.

Ickle Bubba’s Solar Group 1-2-3 car seat grows with your child

At Ickle Bubba, we like to make it as easy as possible for parents to keep their children safe, while offering great quality products at the same time. We’re pleased to introduce our Solar Group 1-2-3 Isofix and Recline Car Seat, which is a forward-facing seat suitable for use from 9 months to 12 years. As it can be adapted as your child grows, Solar is the only car seat you’ll need to buy. With advanced safety features and glowing reviews from the experts, Solar is a great choice for parents looking for a cost-effective, visually appealing and above all safe way for their children to travel by car.

Features of the Solar 1-2-3:

  • Integrated Isofix fitting, with red/green indicators to show correct installation, with a top tether strap for additional stability. The seat can also be fitted using the car’s seat belt for vehicles without Isofix.
  • 3 recline positions, ideal for sleeping babies or older children for maximum comfort.
  • Side impact cushion technology to reduce the force if your car is hit from the side.
  • Unique magnetic buckle retainers make it easy to move your child in and out of the 5-point safety harness.
  • Luxury two-tone stay-cool suede fabric with reversible cushions and buckle pad.

By choosing the impressive Solar car seat exclusively available from Ickle Bubba, you’re making a sound decision for the safety of your child, as well as choosing a high quality, attractive and cost effective product. If you’re unsure about the requirements regarding a suitable car seat for your specific vehicle, or the type of seat that’s most appropriate for the age and weight of your child, there is a wealth of information available for safety conscious parents.