According to recent research, more than half of all British carers – a staggering 56 per cent – are unaware that snowsuits and bulky outdoor wear can squash down in an accident, making straps too loose to keep their child secure.
As a result, experts at the Department of Transport say up to 80 per cent of us aren’t using car seats safely – with poor harness tension the number one failing.
And with more than three quarters of parents – 76 per cent – regularly dressing little ones in coats before setting off in the car, the scale of the problem is huge.
Our new campaign ‘Sit Tight’ is being launched by Ruby and GINGER to make carers aware of the dangers and offer clear advice about how to keep babies and young children safe and comfortable.
The Sit Tight initiative, backed by Child Seat Safety Expert, Kat Furlong, gives clear guidance to help parents test the safety of their car seat.
As she says: “All parents want to do the best for their babies but this is one area where changes need to be made.
“Making sure children are comfortable and safe is of utmost importance. Following the Sit Tight checklist is an easy way to test the effectiveness of your car seat and make sure you get it right.”
Are your children sitting tight?
Sit Tight Checklist:
Put the coat on the child.
Strap the child into the car seat and tighten to ensure a snug fit.
Remove the child from the car seat – without loosening the straps.
Take the coat off the child.
Strap the child back into the seat – but don’t adjust the straps.
Do the Two finger test. If you can fit more than two fingers underneath the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the harness tension needs to be tightened or avoid using the coat in the car seat