Parents around Glasgow are being urged to 'Be Safe. Not Sorry' by coming along to the Yorkhill car seat safety clinic run by Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Officers.
The clinic is being held at Yorkhill Hospital on Thursday 19th May 10am-3pm in the hospital's car park. The event is being held in conjunction with the hospital's Scottish Health at Work (SHAW) group, and will give parents the chance to have their child's car seat checked by the experts.
At the Yorkhill clinic last year, over 60% of the car seats tested had some kind of fault in the way they were fitted.
Mr Nanjappachetty Doraiswamy, Paediatric A&E Consultant at Yorkhill said injuries from ill-fitting car seats are all too common, he said:"We see a range of injuries from very minor to extremely serious due to either a poorly fitted car seat or no car seat fitted at all. The worrying types of injuries are to bones and joints which can often take several weeks of treatment, however cut and bruises can also result in a few days of treatment which can be very stressful for the child concerned."
Elaine Lorimer from Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Unit is well aware of the problems, and is actively campaigning to improve child safety through the popular clinic scheme, she said:"We organise these clinics at various locations around the city giving parents the chance to have their child car seats tested free of charge. It's always a shock for a parent to find out that their seat is not strapped in correctly, is not compatible with their car, or has some other kind of major fault.
"Some people do not realise that not all car seats will fit all cars, and we always recommend that when buying a new seat you should take your car with you, check the shop has a trained fitter, and ask to try fitting it before you buy.
New mum Kirtseen Oliver from Kelvindale was delighted when she got a check with Elaine Lorimer on a recent visit to Yorkhill, she said:
"I had no idea these kind of clinics existed and it's been fantastic to have the check and have peace of mind that Rebecca's seat fits correctly. When you've just had a new baby there are so many new things to learn and new pieces of equipment. Car seats in particular can be very worrying, especially the first time you use them."
Please find attached photographs of 4-month-old Rebecca Oliver with mum Kirtseen Oliver (white coat) and Elaine Lorimer from Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Unit checking over the car seat and discussing safe car seat practice.
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