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RoSPA: Parent's are still confused about car seats

Posted by Greg Throughton

Families regularly taking trips with Waeco caravan fridges will be aware that the law on child seats changed five years ago, but a road charity claims that road users are still confused about the legislation.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that despite the fact that the rules on car seats changed in 2006, the company still regularly fields questions on the topic.

It claimed that in August this year it received more than 129,000 visits to its child car seats website, which breaks down as 4,000 a day, the only time they ever had more visits was in the weeks following the introduction of the new law.

"The importance of properly fitting a child seat cannot be over stated, so that it works as it is designed to in a crash. We urge parents and carers - including grandparents who might drive their grandchildren - to ensure that a child's seat is compatible with all the cars it will be used in," explained Duncan Vernon, RoSPA's road safety manager for England.

Cathy Ranson, editor-in-chief of Netmums, said that when travelling, families should take pens and paper in order to keep the kids entertained.