20 years working with Hampshire Constabulary taught me many things. Things which perhaps seemed insignificant to me as a singleton with only myself to …
Leading child safety brand Britax has launched its ‘Bin the Booster’ campaign. This nationwide campaign is supported with hard hitting footage of a test crash and urges parents to stop using booster cushion seats and use highback boosters with head and side impact protection instead. This will ensure children are safe and secure in any car they may travel in.
Current legislation requires children to travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall or 12 years old, whichever comes first. I have always said there is a lack of understanding around car seat safety, particularly in the Group 2-3 section (protecting children 4 to 12 years approx.) When children reach this stage I have seen many parents opting for a booster cushion. Whilst this does help lift the child and ensure the vehicle seat belt sit correctly on the right parts of their bodies i.e. the bony parts) the booster cushions offer no head or side impact protection. During 15 years of policing, I attended many RTCs (road traffic collisions) where children were injured either through no car seats at all, no seat belts, ill fitting car seats or those on booster cushions. Please ensure your children are sat in the correct seats, they are fitted correctly and they have the seatbelt correctly positioned and on at all times. My children have queried why their friends sit on booster cushions and argued their case to have them also! I have explained the difference to them and even showed them this video. Dramatic footage yes, but very impactive and the subject has never been raised again since!
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See what happens in the footage below and #BinTheBooster