Nursery Today magazine

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Grandparents are in the know when it comes to in car safety for kids

Grandchildren are in good hands when their grandparents are behind the wheel. Research released today by mifold, the Grab-and-Go child restraint, has found that nearly 80 per cent of grandparents claim to be clear about the rules and regulations concerning child car seats, with 38 per cent being very or extremely clear.

Not only do grandparents know the law but they also haven’t flouted it – nearly 80 per cent of grandparents say they haven’t broken child car seat regulations.

This is in stark contrast to parents - with only 44 per cent of parents admitting they are clear on the rules and regulations of travelling with kids in road vehicles. Furthermore, over a quarter of parents fear they have inadvertently broken regulations relating to travelling with children in vehicles and 54 per cent worry they might in the future and not know it.

The survey of a representative sample of grandparents found that they are hands on – with nearly three quarters (72 per cent) driving their grandchildren more than one to two times per week and over 40 per cent driving them more than twice per week.

Father-of-four, Jon Sumroy, who invented mifold, said: “A quarter of working families use grandparents for childcare and our research shows this involves driving them around. We’re pleased to see that grandparents feel confident with car seat rules and regulations as road accidents account for a large number of deaths of young children each year. Our mifold Grab-and-Go child restraint is ultra-compact and highly portable, making it the perfect solution for children travelling in cars where their usual car seat is not an option. Of those families using mifold, 45 per cent are being used in grandparents’ cars, proving it has become very popular with grandparents around the world.”

For those journeys when a child’s regular car seat is not available, mifold, engineered for four to 12 year olds, offers a highly portable child restraint that offers the following benefits:

Advanced engineering
Built using super tough plastic polymers, aircraft grade aluminium and supportive Dense Foam, top designers, engineers and industry experts have created the mifold to not only be mighty strong but to also offer ultimate comfort.

Measuring only 23 x 10.5 x 4.5cm (LxWxH) when folded and weighing less than a small bottle of water (0.70kg), mifold can adjust to securely restrain children of all sizes – the lap belt guides have three positions and the Quick-Clip allows fast, easy and accurate adjustment for children of all heights.

Mighty small and mighty strong, mifold is highly portable. It can be carried in a child’s backpack, a mum’s handbag, hand luggage and even kept in a vehicle’s glove compartment.

How mifold works
mifold harnesses the seat belt around the child in three places - instead of lifting the child up to reach the seatbelt. 3 belt guides accurately hold the seatbelt down on the shoulder and hip bone, offering the correct amount of restraint in the event of impact.

mifold is distributed in the UK by

 Research carried out for mifold by with 2000 parents, May 2018

 Department of Work and Pensions 2016

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