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Victorian research has revealed 9 out of 10 child car seats are installed or used incorrectly, putting kids at potential risk.

To help combat this and improve safety, the state government has committed $4million to deliver a state-wide program of free child car restraint checks.

With a two-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, Melbourne mum, Kally Alexandrou took advantage of the free professional child restraint inspections on offer.

The “Safe Seats Safe Kids” inspection program is designed to help protect little passengers. (Nine)

“We wanted the reassurance that someone was qualified (to install the car seat) and they knew what they were doing to do it,” she said.

“We are local to area, we looked on the website and found the installation and booked it in.

“My little one is nearly two and I feel like I almost have forgotten what to do and I want to get that reassurance again.”

Melbourne mum, Kally Alexandrou. (Nine)

A new Kidsafe survey of nine thousand child car seats found 90 per cent were installed or used incorrectly.

And 37 per cent of those needed a complete re-install by the professional fitter.

That means if you’re in a serious crash, you are six times more likely to have your child injured ah as a result of that.

“It’s your kid’s safety,” Ms Alexandrou said.

“It’s (important to know that) you brought the right the car seat, you have put it in properly and securely and that your child will be transported around without any issues or anything jeopardizing their wellbeing.”

The “Safe Seats Safe Kids” inspection program is designed to help protect little passengers, with Kidsafe rolling out various child restrain inspection programs in each state.

Experienced fitters can then check all sorts of seats, from capsules to boosters and share advice.

Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers. (Nine)

“I’m walking away feeling reassured, I know what to do. I can tell my hubby now what we need to do,” Ms Alexandrou said.

Among the key safety tips:

  • make sure the seat is tethered to the correct anchor point.
  • check the harness height is level with the child’s shoulders.

Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers said the program was really important to ensure car seats were correctly installed and used during each trip.

The free inspections do book out quickly so if you miss out just go to the Kidsafe website which lists a whole range of car seat professionals who can help you out.

“It’s your kids wellbeing at the end of the day so you do whatever it takes,” Ms Alexandrou said.

To find when the Kidsafe Free Free Child Car Restraint inspections are happening in your suburbs go to safeseatssafekids.com.au

Baby For Hire outlets and other infant equipment stores also offer various car seat checks.

Source: 9News

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