23 June 2009
Many parents could potentially be breaking the law by being unaware of which car seat to use for their children, a report has found.
Which? found that 53% of parents trust retailers to give them the correct advice when fitting car seats and 43% said a nationally-approved scheme would make them more likely to be trusting.
"It doesn't matter if they're ten months or ten years old, children need to use child car seats until they're taller than 135cm or they reach their twelfth birthday," stressed Richard Headland, Editor of Which? Car.
The website warned that the proper installation of a car seat is crucial to preventing injuries in a crash and that parents should make sure they are taking the necessary precautions to prevent this.
Mark Monteiro, car insurance expert, comments: "Having the correct child car seat is important not only for the safety of the child but for the safety of the adults sitting in the front. Some insurance providers, such as AA and Aviva, will include child car seat cover. This means that when you have any accident you can get your child car seat replaced so that you have peace of mind that your child is secure."
It was recently revealed by uSwitch.com that people buying new cars are being stung by mid-term adjustment fees by car insurance providers.