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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 May, 2004, 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK
Parents to check child car seats
Car seat
35 children aged up to 11 were killed in 2002 while travelling by car
Parents are being urged to have their children's car seats checked to prevent serious injuries.

People who transport babies have been invited to a safety event where experts will also give free advice on keeping youngsters safe during road journeys.

The scheme has been set up by Bracknell Forest Council, Britax and Halfords.

The move comes after Road Safety Minister David Jamieson said it was vital child restraints in cars were fitted correctly.

'Relief and satisfaction'

It is illegal for youngsters under three to sit in the front unless they are strapped in to a proper child car seat, or for older children to sit in the front seat without using a seatbelt or safety seat.

In 2002, 35 children aged up to 11 were killed and 480 seriously injured when travelling in cars in the UK.

The free child seat check will be held between 1000 BST and 1600 BST at Halfords, The Peel Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell on 15 May.

Christine Pickett, Bracknell Forest Council's road safety officer, said: "If a car seat has been fitted incorrectly then it is almost as dangerous in the event of a collision as having no car seat at all.

"Imagine the relief and satisfaction that you will have once you know for sure that your seat has been fitted correctly, at no cost to you, and that your baby/child is sitting safe in their seat."




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