Shocking stats: parents not using car seats

A third of parents admit to not using child car seats

Car seats may not seem a necessary measure, with a third of parents admitting to not having their children use a car seat.

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A third of UK parents admit they have taken a journey with their child without a car seat.

The State of Safety report, commissioned by childhood mobility company Britax, showed that there is still considerable confusion around car safety. Many parents are taking risks when travelling with their children, and the UK is lagging behind Germany, Spain and Poland when it comes to car safety.

Shockingly, 15 per cent confess they have done it on more than 10 different occasions, and one in 10 also admit they have sat their child on their lap for car journeys.

A quarter also said that they have broken the speed limit with their children in the car. Some who sat their child on their lap for car journeys said it was because they didn’t know how to fit their car seat, while 23 per cent said they didn’t use a seat because they were ‘only going on a short journey’. 

If you are unsure about buying a car seat, check out our guide on buying the right car seat for your baby.

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