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More than 70 per cent of child car seats are not installed correctly in Australia, according to a leading road safety expert.

Dr Stuart Newstead, senior research fellow at Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, told The New Daily parents were putting their children’s life at risk by incorrectly fitting child restraints in cars.

“Surveys from Australian researchers show more than 70 per cent of people had incorrect fitments in their cars,” Dr Newstead said.

“There’s often a problem with the design of child restraints and this makes them quite complicated to fit.”

A Victoria Police operation last week revealed that of 108 child car seats checked, only six were found to be acceptable.

Arron Conroy, managing director of Baby on Board, who was a lead technician for the operation, said he found catastrophic issues with some of the car seats he encountered.

“We found that some of them didn’t have the harnesses adjusted correctly into the seat belt, there were some with no anchors to the correct point or no anchors at all.

“There were some with seat belts going to the wrong path or not going through the restraint at all.”

Dr Warwick Teague, director of the trauma service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, said the current national laws that allow children aged from seven not to require a child car seat were outdated.

“Children should remain in a booster-style restraint until they reach 145cm,” Dr Teague told The New Daily.

It is recommended to have your car seat fitted by an authorised installer.

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  • You just can’t afford not to be vigilant with these. We went and had ours checked with VicRoads. It’s worth the time and effort to keep your precious ones safe.

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  • Oh no, I should check mine!

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  • Every state should do such checks…
    Using professional fitters is like$30-$50 .. And people just fit it themselves… And some instruction manual is very confusing…

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  • Hang on.. am I seeing something weird or is that car seat upside down?? Like, would the child’s legs be in the air?!! O.o

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  • The one above looks like they tossed it in and put a belt around it as an after thought. I know i t is awkward lifting a baby out of a reverse facing babyseat. I personally don’t like the anchors they now use that go in to the panel behind the back of the seat. I’m sure the older method was sturdier and a lot safer – easier to install safely too.

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  • My husband always struggles to fit the carseats properly and he gets really worked up about it.

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  • I have a friend that doesn’t tighten the straps on her kid’s seats it stresses me out big time

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  • That photo is insane! How could anyone think that’s the right way to install it?

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  • Wow that,photo of the seat. What were they thinking. Thankgod mine are professionally done

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  • This has always been the case. Parents need their car seats professionally installed.

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  • This is just so wrong… I’m sure my family thinks I’m pedantic about the car seat, but when it comes to my babies safety, it’s very important for it to be correct

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