Used Car Seats Could Kill Your Child

Posted by Carseat HK 02/04/2017 0 Comment(s)

Used Car Seats Could Kill Your Child 

What is the danger?

It’s impossible to know for certain if a used car seat has been in an accident and relying on a seller’s word is too much of a risk to take.

If a car seat has been involved in an accident there may be little or no visible damage to it, but there could well be substantial internal damage, rendering it dangerous.

How can you tell if it is safe?

With used car seats, just looking at it won't let you know if it is safe anymore. The only way of examining whether it is safe is through laboratory testing. 

Many seats may appear as 'OK' after an accident which causes some parents to prolong the use of the car seat post-accident, placing a risk on the child. 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that car accidents can reduce a child's car seat protection to the extent that a child dangerously unprotected if another accident occurs. They recommend parents to replace their children’s car seats immediately after a crash.

What are the options?

Buy new car seats. Make sure that you buy an approved car seat from a respected retailer. All car seats should be EU-approved since it means that the car seat has endured rigid laboratory tests and meet the strictest safety requirements and laws. This can be checked by looking for an 'E' in a circle on your child's seat. 

Or buy smart. If you really can’t afford to buy a new car seat for your little one, ChildCarSeats.org.uk suggests you to purchase from someone you know and trust. Explain the dangers of continuing to use a car seat after an accident to the friend or family member you’re buying from. Ask questions about the history of the car seat and be certain that it has not been in an accident before you buy.

Never buy a second-hand seat from internet auction sites, from your local classified newspaper or at a car boot sale. It’s simply not worth the risk.

How to keep your child safe: 

Follow these points to keep your child safe in the car:

  • If your child is under 12 years of age or under 135cm tall they should have a safety seat in your car
  • Always replace car seats after an accident
  • Avoid buying second-hand car seats
  • If you must buy second-hand, only buy from someone you really trust
  • Never buy from someone you don’t know
  • Make sure you and everyone using the seat knows how to fix it securely
  • Make sure your child’s car seat is EU-approved if you want to get the safest and best car seat

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