Warning Issued Regarding Child Seat Problems Abroad

Good Morning Britain Examines Issue Related To Holiday Transport

26.06.2014

Families holidaying abroad have been warned of potential issues related to the availability of car seats as part of Good Morning Britain’s ongoing Belt Up Britain campaign to improve safety.

Research by the ITV breakfast news show has revealed one in six parents take risks with car seat safety on holidays, while a similar number have also been given the wrong seat when either being transferred or hiring a car abroad.

The concerns raised are the latest findings related to Good Morning Britain’s Belt Up Britain campaign, which is based around ensuring that car seats are safe to use and also fitted correctly in vehicles.

Retailers including Mothercare and Halfords have lent their support to the initiative, offering fitting advice and further guidance in relation to the issue.

Expert Opinion
Very serious concerns have been raised by the Belt Up Britain campaign and it is vital that families always take steps to ensure that care seats are correctly fitted, as well as seeking guidance when they have concerns regarding the safety of such equipment.

"While these issues are concerning in any scenario, it is a particular concern to see issues raised regarding car seats offered when hiring vehicles abroad or during airport transfers. Anyone heading on holiday expects to enjoy a safe relaxing break and it is vital that transport always meets the required standards.

"Sadly, our work means we have seen cases when people have been seriously injured or killed as a result of safety failings on roads abroad and it is vital that action is taken to prevent such issues from being repeated.

"The safety of all road users – regardless of their age – should always be the top priority."
Philip Banks, Partner