PARENTS in Huddersfield will be taught how to save their child’s life – by correctly fitting infant safety seats.
Road safety officers will carry out free child car seat safety checks after research shows 70% of infant seats are not fitted correctly.
They hope the two days of action will safeguard hundreds of children in Kirklees whose car seats are not fitted properly.
Experts say even a minor safety relapse could lead to a child not being protected in the event of a serious accident.
Sgt Paul Denton from the Kirklees south road policing unit, said: “The research conducted clearly highlights a problem, particularly on school journeys, and this is putting children at significant risk of harm.
“We will be attempting to ensure that those responsible for conveying children in vehicles are aware of the importance of using appropriate child restraints and our role will be educational and advisory in the interests of safety for the children of our district.”
Kirklees highways officers and expert John Horsfall will be offering free checks to parents and carers at two Kirklees supermarkets.
They hope to adjust any fault in the installation of a child’s car seat and help give hundreds of children more safety on the roads.
Clr David Hall, Kirklees cabinet member for transport, said: “Fitting a car seat properly and making sure your children use their safety belts is essential however short the trip is.
“I often hear the excuse ‘it was just a short trip’ but most accidents occur on short journeys so the length of the trip is no excuse.
“Our campaign aims to highlight the dangers, but more importantly to offer help and advice and show parents how to fit their children’s car seat correctly.
“Young children rely on their parents and carers to keep them safe in the car.”
Research shows that an unrestrained passenger involved in an accident at 30mph will be thrown forward with a force of up to 60 times their own body weight.
Many infants involved in accidents are injured because their safety seat has not been fitted correctly.
The experts will be at the Asda supermarket on Bradford Road on Thursday, September 25 from 10am until 2pm, and at the Dewsbury Asda supermarket the following day, also from 10am while 2pm.
All safety checks are free and parents can just turn up and have their child car seats checked at any time.