DON`T CHANCE IT
CHECK
IT
DON’T CHANCE IT
Is your child seat fitted correctly?
You might think it is but in Derby over
70% of seats we check are not. Use this
leaflet to help you double check.
CHECK IT DON’T CHANCE IT IS YOUR
Buckle Crunch
1
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Buckle crunch is caused when the buckle
is bent over the side of the child seat. The
correct position for the buckle is straight,
located just below the side of the child seat.
SAFETY POINT
!
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Warning: only use a child car
seat in the front passenger seat
if the air bag can be deactivated
or turned off.
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BAD ANCHOR POSITION
2
This refers to the lower part of the
seat belt (lap belt section) not holding
the child seat properly. This is caused
when the buckle placement is wrong
or the positioning of the seat belt
fastening point is too far forwards.
SAFETY POINT
!
Remember: a good anchor
position keeps the child seat
safe in a collision.
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✔
R CHILD SEAT FITTED CORRECTLY?
3
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SEAT BELT TENSION
The seatbelt must be routed properly before
tightening. Push down on the seat and pull
the belt through to remove the slack and
help tighten. Flick the belt at the beginning to
check the tension; it should be tight.
SAFETY POINT
!
4
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Remember: if there is no tension
the car seat will be loose and
will not protect your child in a
collision.
POSITION AND TENSION OF THE HARNESS
The tension of your child’s harness is
correct when you can place two fingers
between the strap and the child’s shoulder.
SAFETY POINT
!
✔
Remember: when a child seat
is not being used place it in the
boot or fasten it down to prevent
it causing an injury in a collision.
On rear facing seats.
Only move the harness to a higher
position when the childs shoulder is
halfway between two slots.
On forward facing seats with a harness.
Only move the harness to a higher
position when the shoulder is level with
the current slot.
TIPS
1 Buckle Crunch
Move the child seat to the middle rear position where the buckle is lower.
Some child seats come with an alternative routing for the seat belt to help
straighten the buckle when fitted.
2 Bad Anchor Position
Some child seats have a ‘recline’ position. Use the recline position to move
the child seat forward to improve the anchor position or use the rear centre
seat of the car where the anchor points are lower.
3 Seat Belt Tension
To tighten the seat belt hold the top or side of the seat and with the other
hand pull the diagonal portion of the belt through to remove the slack. On
a forward facing seat push down on the child seat using a knee or the upper
body pulling the seat belt tight.
4 Position or Tension of the Harness
Lengthen the straps before placing your child in and out of the seat. Do this
every time, you will find it better when adjusting the harness whatever your
child is wearing.
DON’T FORGET...
If you have any questions or want more information and
guidance take a look at the ‘Check It, Don’t Chance It’
DVD enclosed in your pack. It’s easy to use and provides
help with all types of child car seat. Also included is
the ‘Good Egg Guide’: a handy reference guide with
information about the law too.
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