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Record number of child seats checked this summer in road safety tour

24 August 2018

Hundreds of children can now travel safely after receiving a free child car seat check, which have been taking place across the county over the last four weeks.

Norfolk County Council Road Safety team and Norfolk Fire and Rescue have checked a record number of children’s car seats this year.  A total of 1,645 checks this year compared to 1,468 last year.  They uncovered 629 faults in total, 92% of which were able to be fixed on the spot.  The 38% fault rate is slightly lower than last year.

Margaret Dewsbury Chair of Communities Committee said:  “It’s been a fantastic tour this year with huge demand from parents and grandparents.  It’s a really good example of collaborative working between Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and Norfolk Fire and Rescue and who have been advising on child seats of all types and for all ages of children.”

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision.  But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong.

Mum Victoria Horne who has 9 month old Daisy had her child seat checked whilst the team were in Norwich, she said:  “I was really happy with our check yesterday, a big thank you to the team!  It’s great having the extra piece of mind that Daisy’s safe when I’m driving”.

If you’ve missed the tour there’s still the opportunity of getting your seat checked, simply arrange an appointment directly with the road safety team by emailing roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk.

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