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Concerns Raised Over Children’s Car Seats in South Dorset

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7:49am 11th October 2013

"80% of children's car seats we checked were fitted incorrectly."

That's what Babygear in Bridport found when they held a free car seat safety check last weekend (Saturday the 5th of October).

The store in Gundry Lane welcomed parents into their carpark for the checks carried out by the staff and a representative from a big brand of children's car seats.

Jane Warren who owns Babygear says nobody had to buy a new car seat, but there were two common problems: "One was that the safety belt just wasn't tight enough so the car seat wasn't fitted securely enough, so we just had to tighten it for them to make it safer. And the second reason, was that the harness adjustments for the children hadn't been adjusted."

She's urging parents to make sure their car seats are safe, and if they aren't the consequences could be serious, "Its very dangerous, if the straps are too low or too high it could mean that the baby won't be held in properly and will come free of the harness, and then they can come right out of the seat. The faster the crash, the worse it would be."

Babygear will be holding more free checks at the beginning of December.

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