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Parents urged to avail of free Child Car Seat checks

Parents urged to avail of free Child Car Seat checks

The Road Safety Authority’s Check It Fits service will be visiting Meehan’s Toyota Garage, Dundalk this Friday September 14th.

Experts in child car seat safety will offer advice on the different types of seats available, how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have.

They aim to put parents, grandparents and guardians’ minds at ease that the child seat in their car is safely and securely fitted. Figures released by the RSA show that in Ireland as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted, which can lead to serious injury or even death in a collision.

Adrian O’Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Louth County Council said: “Travelling by car may be potentially one of the most dangerous things your baby or child is likely to do each day, so parents and guardians should ensure that their small passengers are as well protected as possible by having the proper child car seat for their height and weight correctly installed in their vehicle.”

Adrian added: “I would ask anyone with a child seat fitted in their vehicle to take a few minutes to avail of the upcoming visit to Meehan’s Toyota Garage in Dundalk. No appointment is necessary, and it is open to all makes and models of cars and child car seats.”

The Check it Fits service will also visit Lanney’s Supervalu, Ardee on Thursday 13th September and will be available from 10am to 5.30pm each day.

The law states that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height.

Don’t let your child be a statistic. Get your child car seat checked.

For more information on the Check It Fits service please visit rsa.ie/checkitfits

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