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Retailers trained to give child seat advice

PUBLISHED: 11:57 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

A SURVEY showing that four out of five child seats are not fitted properly has prompted a council to offer help to retailers.

A SURVEY showing that four out of five child seats are not fitted properly has prompted a council to offer help to retailers.

Bromley council are offering training to traders to give their customers specialist advice in a Road Safety Unit training programme.

Child Car Seat Education Officer Val Fuller said: "Choosing your child's car seat is a bit like buying a pair of shoes. It's not as straightforward as just choosing the colour, they need to fit too.

"To protect your child from an injury or even death, you need to ensure that they are adequately protected."

Retailers can achieve three levels of accreditation and employees who have achieved this can be identified by a badge.

A bronze badge will show customers that the wearer is qualified to give basic car seat advice about weight groups, moving baby from one stage to the next stage, airbags, harness adjustment, ISOFIX and the law.

Shops that have bronze accredited advisors are Mothercare in Orpington and Bromley, Halfords in Bromley, Orpington and Shirley, Babycare in Petts Wood, Babybaby in West Wickham, Little People in Penge and Munchkins in Orpington.

Silver accreditation will only be given when the council's experts are satisfied that staff are able to deal with the practical fitting of car seats.

The third level, gold accreditation, is only obtained when staff are qualified to train other colleagues.

n Further information and advice is available from the Road Safety team on 020 8313 4546 or visit www.bromley.gov.uk/roadsafety.

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