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After a collision, childseats and seatbelts may need to be replaced. Contact your insurance company and/or car seat manufacturer for advice.
Figures released today by Good Egg Safety show a 13% rise in badly fitted child car seats from 2010 to 2013, based on over 10,000 (10,663) tests conducted nationally. Campaigners have blamed a '‘'perfect storm' of poor in-shop assistance by some retailers, online buying, hand-me-downs and second-hand purchases. To be safe, a child seat must be appropriate for the type of vehicle it is in, suitable for the child's height and weight, and the driver must know how to correctly fit the child seat so it can fully protect the child in a collision.
On 9 July 2013, a new child seat safety regulation came into force. Child seats approved under the old regulation will still be legal for use.
“The current child car seat regulation has been in place since the early 80s,” said Hamish McPhillips, Child Safety Centre – Business Development Manager, TRL, “but since this time the cars we drive have changed radically. We also have a better understanding of what actually happens during an accident. The new regulation takes this into account and is designed to make child car seats safer, as well as easier to buy, fit and use.”