THOUSANDS of families will take to the streets this Christmas as they visit loved ones with children in tow.
But parents are warned against installing child seats incorrectly, which can result in hefty fines.
The Silver Cross experts want to encourage drivers to carry out important checks before starting their journey.
It is illegal to use the wrong type of car seat or not to disable the front airbag when using a rear-facing seat.
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It can get you a fine of up to £500 and put your child in serious danger.
Silver Cross also wants to dispel some common myths surrounding car seats to ensure drivers are educated before driving.
About disabling airbags, Kat Gemmell, Auto Safety Technologist at silver cross said: “You must by law deactivate your airbag if your child is rear-facing in the front.
“If your child is front-facing, you will need to consult your vehicle handbook for advice on airbag deployment and front seat position – see the Child Safety section for this information.”
Some motorists are also unsure about putting children in their car seats in thick winter coats.
Kat warns, “A heavy coat or snowsuit creates a gap between the child and the harness that prevents the harness from adjusting properly.
“As a result, the belt remains loose in the event of an impact and cannot offer optimal protection.
“To keep your little one warm in winter, tuck a blanket around them after they’re securely buckled in – thin fleece jackets, sweaters and cardigans are all safe to wear in a car seat.”
And Kat has also confirmed the driver’s questions about whether Isofix seats are safer than models with only seat belts.
She said: “Isofix seats are safer than seat belts – this is because there is much less risk of fitting an Isofix seat incorrectly.
“To properly protect your child in a crash, a seat must be properly installed.
“Isofix simplifies assembly and the green indicators clearly show that the seat is correctly installed.
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