Revealed: over 60% of car seats are fitted incorrectly

68% of car seats checked were found to be incorrectly fitted.
68% of car seats checked were found to be incorrectly fitted.

Aberdeenshire and Moray Road Safety Advisors have revealed that 68% of vehicles are found to have car seats fitted incorrectly.

Police Scotland held a number of clinics in August and September across Aberdeenshire and Moray to check that child car seats were fitted correctly.

In total, 220 child seats were checked and 68% of these were found to be fitted incorrectly. In 2012 it was found that 70% of child car seats were fitted incorrectly in the Aberdeenshire and Moray areas.

Of 220 seats that were checked at the community surgeries 102 were found to have minor faults, 29 had major faults and 18 we found to be incompatible with the car or child.

Road Safety Advisor June Andrew said: “The child car seat clinics were really well attended and was a valuable opportunity for members of the public to have their child seats checked for free.

“It is important that child seats are fitted correctly and we are here to offer suitable advice and assistance. We are not here to judge those who have fitted seats incorrectly; we would much rather people came to have the seats checked and ensure their child’s safety is not put at risk.”

The figures come as Police Scotland launch their winter road safety campaign which urges motorists to ensure that their vehicle is prepared, warning failure to do so could result in a fine or court appearance.