More than three quarters of the car seat installations tested by police at an Oakville car seat clinic fail.


By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  May 30, 2012  – The people doing the car seat installation tests must have been pretty tough – 76% of those tested failed..  That will have shaken up some parents.

Were police being a little too tough or are that many parents driving around with car seats that are not safe?

There is a right way and a wrong way to install a car seat. You have to have one - might as well do it properly.

The car seat clinic took place in Oakville last Saturday at Town Hall.  Here is what Halton Regional Police had to say:  “A total of 126 vehicles with car seats and boosters were checked.  Of those 96 failed the quick check.  The overall failure rate at this clinic was 76 %.

Although the clinic is aimed at educating the public, one driver was charged with having a 4 year old child in no seat at all. They were given a free seat prior to leaving the spot check.

Studies have shown that by using a child safety seat properly the chance of a child being killed or injured in a collision can be reduced by 75%. Safety is our highest priority-the best child safety seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle and one that you use every time your child is in the car.

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