2 April 2015

Most child seats 'incorrectly fitted'

Four out of five child car seats are likely to be fitted incorrectly, a Children & Road Safety Conference in Dublin heard today, writes Brian Byrne.

The issue was highlighted by one of three videos to be shown at the conference in Dublin Castle, commissioned by the Road Safety Authority and made by journalist Charlie Bird.

The child seat video was filmed at the Supervalu supermarket in Naas, where child seat expert Paul Kealy showed customers in the car park with child seats fitted how it should be done properly.

The film, which is available from this evening on the rsa.ie website, showed that five minutes of following the instructions will ensure that a seat is properly fitted.

The conference heard that the message of proper fitting needs to be addressed to parents and grandparents.

A number of other issues relating to children and road safety are being addressed through the day, including the call for lower speed limits in housing estates. The second of the videos related to this, including the death of Jake Brennan, whose mother Roseanne is among those attending.