Free safety checks for child car seats

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Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging parents to take advantage of free child car seat checks being offered across the county.

Derbyshire County Council - one of the members of the partnership - has teamed up with an expert car seat fitter to offer checks in supermarket car parks on the following dates:

Wednesday, August 1

Brimington, Sainsbury’s: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Chesterfield, Tesco: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Thursday, August 9

Alfreton, Tesco: 09.30am - 12.30pm

Ripley, Sainsbury’s: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Monday, August 13

Heanor, Tesco: 09.30am - 12.30pm

Langley Mill, Asda: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Thursday, August 23

Swadlincote, Sainsburys: 09.30am - 12.30pm

Swadlincote, Morrisons: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday, August 28

Brimington, Sainsburys: 09.20am - 12.30pm

Staveley, Morrisons: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “We’re urging parents to take advantage of these free safety checks. Seats must be fitted properly to offer maximum protection - it’s vital that motorists who travel with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the right seat and fitting it correctly.”

The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of child car seat unless they are 135cm tall or above. The type of seat a child needs depends on how much he or she weighs.

You can also get advice about fitting child car seats by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk - a website that was set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with funding from the Department of Transport.