Over half of child car seats (56%) checked by the Road Safety Authority’s Check it Fits service were incorrectly fitted and needed some type of adjustment to make them a safe fit. If a child’s car seat isn’t fitted correctly, it could lead to a serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision.
The RSA are delighted to announce that their face-to-face child car seat checking service – Check it Fits –is back on the road visiting locations around the country, including at Riordan’s SuperValu in Fermoy, following a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Car seats may seem simple to install, but the installation is often easy to get wrong. The RSA have found that almost a third of seats fitted incorrectly needed major adjustments *. We know parents are not intentionally putting children in danger and it is an education issue. To help address this problem, the RSA Check it Fits service will be visiting County Cork on December 13th, 14th and 15th , to help parents and ensure car seats and restraints are correctly fitted.
The service takes between 10-15 minutes and runs from 10am–5.30pm, it is free of charge and offers parents and guardians reassurance that their child is safe while travelling in the car. It is a walk-in service, no appointment needed.
Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer for the RSA commented, “While the RSA’s experience with its Check it Fits service shows that half of child car seats are fitted incorrectly, worryingly, it found that 30% of these needed a major adjustment to fix them. For example, the seat being excessively loose so as to make the fitting almost ineffective. 67% were minor adjustments, for example, the fitting being loose or a twisted seatbelt.
“Having a correctly fitted car seat is a simple measure parents, grandparents and guardians can take to ensure children are safe while travelling by car. I would encourage people to visit the Check it Fits service when it comes to County Cork and give yourself the peace of mind that your children are travelling safely.”
It is important to use your child car seat correctly every single time during a car journey so parents should regularly check the fitting of your child car seat or get it rechecked at a Check it Fits service. For example, if you got your child car seat fitted in winter now coming into the summer months you may need to tighten the harness as your children are wearing lighter clothes. If your child’s car seat or restraint is incorrectly fitted, the Check it Fits experts will advise on how to fix the problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have to avoid potential serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision.
The free service will visit Riordan’s SuperValu, Courthouse Road, Fermoy (P61 AX04) on Thursday, December 15th from 10am to 5.30pm. The service will also be in Cork at Garvey’s SuperValu, Cobh (P24 CY96) on Tuesday, December 13th (10am-5.30pm) and Collins’s SuperValu, Carrigaline (P43 A096) on Wednesday, December 14th from (10am-5.30pm)
For more information on Check it Fits visit www.rsa.ie/checkitfits