Mummy has always used the right car seat with all of us, changing the seats as we grow and get bigger.
It is incredible to think that some parents don’t – even though it is against the law – and more importantly, putting the life of the child at risk.
We have just been sent the fantastic Dualfix car seat by Britax, you probably know that we are Britax Mumbassadors, and they have also published a recent report about car safety.
A THIRD OF UK PARENTS ADMIT TO NOT USING A VALID CHILD CAR SEAT
-Britax report shows parents are spending more time and money choosing a new phone / tablet than the right car seat for their child-
On the 2 June 2015 – for the start of Child Safety Week, Britax, the childhood mobility company, launched a revealing report showing that despite UK parents’ good intentions, there is still considerable confusion around car safety with many still taking significant risks when travelling with their children.
The State of Safety report showed that Almost a third of UK parents with children under the age of 11 (32 per cent) admit they have taken a journey without a valid child seat, with 15 per cent confessing they have done it on more than ten different occasions.
And, almost 10 per cent of Britons have made a journey of longer than half an hour without a suitable car seat.
Other findings include:
- One in ten UK parents admit they have sat their child on their lap for car journeys – 9 per cent of these parents said it was because they didn’t know how to fit their car seat
- 23 per cent of those surveyed said they didn’t use a car seat because they were “only going on a short journey”
- Over a quarter (26 per cent) of parents say they have broken the speed limit with their children in the car.
The Britax report, which questioned more than 4500 parents across Europe was designed to drive a better understanding of how parents and parents-to-be make crucial decisions about safety. Overall, it highlighted a genuine lack of understanding and confusion amongst parents when it comes to purchasing car seats and best practices:
- Nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of parents spent under an hour researching their child’s first car seat admitting they spent more time choosing a new phone / tablet
- It’s not just time, 67 per cent of European parents also admit they spend more money on their mobile phones or tablets than their child’s car sear, with almost one in seven spending under £50 on a car seat
- One in seven parents freely say they don’t know when to move their child up to the next stage or group seat and 22 per cent would incorrectly change simply to make more space in the car
Jan James, CEO of Good Egg Safety which provides safety advice for families in the UK comments: “The fact that so little time and money is currently being invested in choosing the right seat also suggests that parents simply do not realise that some seats will not fit their car/child and in that instance their most precious passenger – their son or daughter – is at risk of serious injury or worse.
Paul Gustavsson, CEO Britax Group Limited commented: “Parents are understandably concerned about childhood safety, particularly when in the car. Yet our study shows that parents are knowingly and unknowingly still taking risks.”
“This is often due to parents being left baffled by the huge product choice or the complexity of legal guidelines, indicating a need for the entire industry to collectively come together to do make safety simpler. The State of Safety Report clearly shows where we need to help explain, remind and guide to help parents cut out seemingly small risks that could have a monumental and heart breaking impact on their lives.”
For free information, explanations and advice on current rules and best practice in child car safety, Britax is encouraging parents to visit their website www.britax.co.uk where they will also find their Fit Finder tool which enables parents to confidently check the compatibility of their car seat with their vehicle to ensure their children are properly protected.
Do you always use the right car seat for your child, on every journey you make?
A total of 4,526 respondents took part in an online survey conducted by independent research agency Research now, in March 2015. All participants had children between the ages of 0-11 years of age.
1,000 parents with children under 11 from the UK, France and Germany participated, with at least 500 in each market with children aged 0-4 years of age
500 parents with children under 11 from Spain, Poland and Sweden, with at least 250 in each market with children aged 0-4 years of age