Child safety event finds faults in 80% of car seats

A child car safety event held in Kingswood has found faults in eight out of ten car seats.

Mother being shown how to fit a child car safety seat Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) teamed up with Mothercare, Britax, South Gloucestershire Council’s Road Safety Team and Avon and Somerset Constabulary for a child car seat safety event at Kingswood Fire Station on Monday 24 May.

Twenty drivers pulled in to the station to have their child seats checked by experts, who found 80% weren’t fitted correctly or had faults. The issues identified by staff from  retailer Mothercare and car seat makers Britax included twisted belts, headrests in the incorrect position and fasteners not connected.

During the event firefighters were on hand to offer advice on road safety, members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Road Safety Team provided eye checks for drivers and the police carried out road hazard perception tests.

Child car safety seats

Matt Peskett, AF&RS Station Manager at Kingswood, said: “The outcome of the event matched national statistics which show 80% of child seats aren’t fitted correctly. All the issues identified by the experts were easily rectified, proving the importance of thoroughly reading the instructions or getting kids’ seats checked by a specialist.

“Figures suggest that a child is 90% less likely to be killed in a collision if they are properly restrained, so it is great that we have been able to keep 16 families safer this week.”

If you would like to find out more information on child seats and upcoming events visit the Road Safety area of our website or

Until parents and carers get the opportunity to have their car seats checked by experts, AF&RS suggests the following advice:

  • Research which seats are most suitable for your vehicle;
  • Only buy a seat that carries the United Nations ECE R44.04 safety mark;
  • Make sure your retailer has trained members of staff who can fit and check your seat; and
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instruction.