Free child car seat checks in Kildare in coming weeks

Free check takes 10 minutes and will ensure Kildare parents are equipped to correctly fit a seat to ensure their child's safety

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Parents and guardians can get their children’s car seats checked for free at three locations in Kildare over the next fortnight.

The RSA’s Check it Fits Service, in partnership with Toyota, is visiting County Kildare from Monday April 30 to Wednesday May 2. 

All children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height. 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, according to RSA statistics.

The Check it Fits Service in partnership with Toyota aims to save lives and prevent injuries by ensuring child car seats are correctly fitted in cars through a free checking service delivered nationwide. Experts ensure and check that child car seats and restraints are correctly fitted. This is a free service for parents to avail of practical advice and expert fitting of their child car seats.

On the service’s most recent visit to Kildare in October 2017 180 seats were checked. Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 32,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. 

The ‘Check It Fits’ service takes between 10-15 minutes, is free of charge and offers parents and guardians reassurance that their child is safe while travelling in the car. If your child’s car seat or restraint is incorrectly fitted, the ‘Check it Fits’ experts will advise on how to fix the problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have to avoid potential serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision

The Kildare roadshows will take place as follows:

SuperValu, Waterways, Sallins on Monday, April 30 from 10am to 5.30pm.

SuperValu, Riverforest SC, Leixlip on Tuesday, May 1, from 10am to 5.30pm.

SuperValu, Monasterevin on Wednesday, May 2 from 10am to 5.30pm.

Top Tips for Parents on Fitting Car Seats:

* It is now EU law that all children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

* The golden rule for choosing a child car seat is making sure it is suitable for your child’s weight, height and age and that it conforms to the latest EU safety regulations (look for the 'E' mark).

* Do not use age exclusively as a guide while picking a car seat, as every child is different.

* When buying a child car seat, make sure you go to a retailer who can show you how to fit it in your car. If the child car seat will be used in more than one car, make sure it’s compatible with additional cars as well.

* Avoid using a second-hand child car seat or restraint unless you know its history. It may have been damaged in a previous collision, and although the damage may not be visible, it won’t provide the same level of protection for your child.

* Don’t move your child from a rearward-facing child car seat to a forward-facing child car seat too soon. If you’re unsure, always consult with your retailer before you buy your next child car seat.