Nursery Today magazine

Maxi-Cosi marks Road Safety Week

The car seat specialist has re-emphasised the life-saving importance of fitting child car seats correctly

A significant number of parents are putting their children at risk of serious injury or even death by not fitting child car seats correctly, says Maxi-Cosi, as it marks Road Safety Week, 17-23 November.

Safety checks carried out by road safety charity Good Egg Safety have discovered that 60% of child car seats in the UK had been fitted incorrectly.

Meanwhile, an investigation carried out by ITV's Good Morning Britain in 2014 suggests that as many as 80% of parents are using incorrectly fitted child car seats, putting their child's safety and even life at risk.

Maxi-Cosi is the official car seat partner to Good Egg Safety, which has been delivering special clinics across the UK throughout 2014 designed to help parents fit their child's car seat correctly.

The car seat clinics are held in car parks at retail parks, supermarkets, and other public places, making it easier for parents to talk to an expert while out shopping.

Good Egg Safety experts at the clinics demonstrate how to correctly fit car seats easily and correctly for optimum safety. They also help clarify car seat safety legislation and explain the new i-Size regulation - which helps make it considerably easier to fit a car seat properly and safely - that Maxi-Cosi was influential in helping to develop.

Maxi-Cosi was the first car seat manufacturer to bring an i-Size car seat - the Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl with 2wayFix Base - to the UK market, and in autumn 2014 was the first to introduce an i-Size infant carrier, the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus.

Andrew Ratcliffe, Managing Director of Maxi-Cosi UK, said: “The correct fitting of car seats is absolutely vital to the safety of your child while travelling by car.

"Having experts on hand to physically highlight any problems and demonstrate the correct methods of fitting a child seat makes things easier for parents to understand.

"The clinics have also been great for helping explain the benefits of rearward facing seats for children up to at least 15-months-old and the new i-Size regulation.

"Holding these clinics at places like supermarket car parks and retail parks has also been convenient for parents and, we hope, given them peace of mind afterwards that their children are now as safe as possible in their car seats."

Maxi-Cosi is this month marking its 30th year in business as the leading innovator in child car seat safety.

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake and involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year.

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