Hillingdon Council is offering free child car seat checks from this month as part of their annual car seat safety campaign.
The drop-in clinics will be held at various locations across the borough and aim to highlight the importance of having the correct car seat for their child's height and ensure it is fitted correctly.
The sessions, which start next week, will take place between 11am and 4pm at the following venues:
- Tuesday 30 July: Willow Lawn Car Park, Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY
- Wednesday 31 July: Sainsburys, Lombardy Retail Park, Coldharbour Lane, Hayes, UB3 3EX
- Thursday 1 August: Sainsburys, York Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1QW
- Tuesday 6 August: Aldi, Old Dairy Lane, South Ruislip, HA4 0EH
- Wednesday 7 August: Uxbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, Gatting Way, Uxbridge, UB8 1ES (as part of Playday)
- Thursday 8 August: Tesco, High Street, West Drayton, UB7 7FP
- Friday 6 September: Sainsburys, York Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1QW
- Friday 4 October: Mothercare, Lombardy Retail Park, Coldharbour Lane, Hayes, UB3 3EX
Anyone who has their car seat checked will also have the opportunity to enter into a competition to win £100 Mothercare vouchers towards a new car seat.
According to findings published by Good Egg Car Safety in 2017, since 2009 there was a 47 percent increase in the number of child car seats found to be incorrectly fitted, and at the same time child casualties have been on the rise.
Having your child's car seat fitted correctly will ensure their safety, as well as protect you legally.
Cllr Keith Burrows, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: "Anyone driving young children in their car must take responsibility to ensure their child's car seat is the correct size for their child and is fitted properly. This small, but vital task could end up saving a child's life or prevent them from suffering serious injury.
"Our free clinics provide the perfect opportunity for residents who would like some peace of mind to seek advice and reassurance from the experts, so they know they're travelling safely and responsibly with any young children."
Under car seat law, you could be liable to prosecution if any child under 14 is in your car and not wearing a correct child restraint or seat belt. If they are over 14, they will be liable themselves. You could also be served a monetary fixed penalty or possibly penalty points if a child is found to be unrestrained.