Free RSA child car seat checking service is coming to Tipperary

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The RSA Check it Fits Service, in partnership with Toyota, is visiting County Tipperary this month.

It is the law that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height.

In Ireland, as many as four out of five child car seats are incorrectly fitted, which can lead to serious injury or even death in a collision.

The Check it Fits Service aims to save lives and prevent injuries by ensuring child car seats are correctly fitted in cars through a free checking service delivered nationwide.

The service will visit SuperValu on Main Street in Cashel on November 13, John Kennedy Motors in Clonmel on November 14 and SuperValu on Main Street in Roscrea on November 15. The service runs each day from 10am-5.30pm.

Research from the RSA Check it Fits Service has revealed that 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted nationwide. On the service’s most recent visit to Tipperary in June 2018, 185 seats were checked.

Since October 2013, the RSA Check it Fits Service has checked over 30,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Worryingly in Ireland, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.

To help address this problem, the RSA Check it Fits Service will visit Tipperary where child car seat installation experts will be available to ensure car seats and restraints are correctly fitted. The service takes between 10-15 minutes, is free of charge and offers parents and guardians reassurance that their child is safe while travelling in the car. If your child’s car seat or restraint is incorrectly fitted, the Check it Fits experts will advise on how to fix the problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have to avoid potential serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision.

RSA’s Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer Aisling Sloyan said: “Almost two out of five children killed are passengers and Garda reports into collisions indicate that one in 10 children were not wearing a seatbelt or using a child restraint in 2014. More recent statistics have shown an increase in child passenger fatalities on the road. The reality is that if a child’s car seat isn’t fitted correctly, it could lead to a serious or fatal injury in the event of a collision. Having a correctly fitted car seat is a simple measure parents, grandparents and guardians can take to ensure children are safe while travelling by car. I would encourage people to visit the Check it Fits when it comes to Tipperary and give yourself the peace of mind that your children are travelling safely.”

More information is available on Check it Fits.