Good Egg Safety is the leading child car seat initiative here in the UK checking more child car seats than any other UK organisation - over 22,000 since our campaign launched in 2001!
We offer free child car seat checking events because we feel that we cannot tell parents their children are in danger from poorly fitted child car seats, yet not offer them a solution!
So what happens at a Good Egg child car seat checking event?
Our Good Egg child car seat checking events are always run by a Good Egg Safety Expert. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals who are able to check a wide range of child car seats.
The checking events normally run 11am - 4pm, although check your local event as times can differ!
The expert arrives early to the event to get set up, and we have a fun height chart for children to measure themselves, as well as a supply of stickers and our FREE Good Egg Guides.
How do we check a car seat?
When we check a car seat, we are checking for 4 things:
1. That the child seat is compatible with your child
2. That the child seat is compatible with your car
4. That the child seat harness or seat belt is used correctly
Finally, we will also give any other useful advice - such as strapping non ISOFIX boosters in when not in use, and the importance of removing puffy clothing.
What happens if you've done something wrong?
We strive to ensure that we do not make you feel guilty, or judged if your car seat is incorrectly fitted. It is very common to see errors on child car seats so it is nothing to feel ashamed about, and you've done the right thing by having your seat checked!
If your car seat is incompatible to your car or child, we clearly explain to you why it is not suitable, and what type of seat is required. Although this may mean buying a new child car seat, it is not that often that we come across an incompatible seat.
If your child seat is fitted incorrectly, we will explain what the errors are to you, and show you how to put them right. If your seat needs to be taken out and re-fitted, we will show you how to fit the seat properly, and then ask you to fit it yourself, so you can be fully confident the next time you need to fit your seat.
We also check that your child is strapped in properly, and for this we are ensuring that the harness or seat belt is at the correct height, and that the harness is the correct tension. If your harness needs adjusting, we are able to show you how to do this.
What are the consequences if your seat is found to be incorrectly fitted?
At Good Egg, we always say that it is MUCH better to find an error on your car seat at a checking event, then during a collison. A car crash would be a very bad time to find that you have an error on your child's car seat!
If you do have an incorrect seat, we will show you how to put it right.
We do not report parents for incorrectly fitted seats - we are more concerned that you are confident to fit the seat correctly in future.
Having your car seat checked is nothing to worry about, and it may save your child's life.