RSA Check it Fits Service is visiting Longford

Four out of five child car seats are incorrectly fitted nationwide

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The RSA’s Check it Fits Service, in partnership with Toyota, is visiting County Longford on Wednesday, March 7. You will be able to visit the service from 10am to 5.30pm at SuperValu, Hazelwood Shopping Centre, Longford.

Did you know it’s the law that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height. 

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. Worryingly statistics show 4 out of 5 car seats are incorrectly fitted nationwide, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.

On the service’s most recent visit to Longford in August 2017 60 seats were checked.

Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 30,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland.

The 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.

Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA, said: “The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ service is there to provide professional, trustworthy advice to parents and guardians around child car seat safety. Parents all over the country are availing of this service to get practical advice and expert fitting of their car seats.

"We would advise all parents to ensure that when they buy a new car seat, that they get the seat fitted by an expert. We would also advise that parents to check the label on their car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height, to make sure your seat is firmly installed in the car, and to always ensure that your child’s harness is fitted snugly for every trip. Clothing can affect how the harness fits, so you should use blankets instead of bulky jackets in the winter. This makes sure that the harness is making contact with your child’s body and you should check this before every journey.”

For more information on Check it Fits and for an up-to-date schedule of upcoming road shows, visit www.checkitfits.ie