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Wednesday, 10th August 2022

RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ service returns to Drogheda

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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).

The Road Safety Authority’s ‘Check It Fits’ service will be visiting Smyth’s Toys, M1 Retail Park, Drogheda on Thursday 18th August 2022 from 10am to 5.30pm.  Experts in child car seat safety will be on hand to offer advice on different types of seats available, how to fix any problems and demonstrate how to correctly install the restraint.

Travelling by car can be one of the most dangerous things a baby or child is likely to do each day. Parents and guardians should ensure that small passengers are well protected by having the proper child car seat for their height and weight correctly installed in their vehicle.

Adrian O’Sullivan, Road Safety Officer, Louth County Council, said: “I would ask anyone with a child seat fitted in their vehicle to avail of this important service.  Many parents will have had child seats fitted during lockdown and may not have properly checked them for suitability or adjustment. The law currently states that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height”.

The ‘Check It Fits’ service which accommodates all makes and models of cars and child car seats is free and no appointment is necessary.

Don’t let your child be a statistic, get your car seat checked

Top Tips for Parents:

  • 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 or visit the Check it Fits service 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.
  • In order to increase awareness of car seat safety and reduce misuse rates, the RSA has launched a new voluntary Code of Practice for Child Car Seat retailers. The new Code of Practice will ensure that best practice is achieved when parents or guardians are buying a child restraint system. People should look out for the RSA’s Code of Practice stickers in retailer outlets or you can check the list of participating retailers on rsa.ie.
  • 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.
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