If you think you don’t need your child car seat professionally fitted, it may be time to think again.

Latest figures from Kidsafe Queensland show that 80% of car seats checked in the past year were incorrectly installed. A properly fitted car seat can be lifesaving, which is why we have partnered with Kidsafe to provide free professional car seat fittings in Brisbane and Logan.

Kidsafe Queensland CEO Susan Teerds said the most common mistake people make is not using the tether strap correctly.

“It is crucial that the tether strap is not too loose, or too tight, and attached to the correct anchor point... Otherwise the restraint will not adequately protect the child in the event of a crash.”

Other common mistakes, include Isofix connectors detached, capsules incorrectly reclined , or twisted straps.

General Manager Assets Queensland, Angelo Lambrinos, said the partnership has delivered peace of mind for more than 3000 parents and care givers.

“We know that Kidsafe Queensland are the experts in child safety and we hope that by saving families the $45 for each car seat fitted, we’re removing one barrier to helping keep Queensland kids safe on our roads.

For more information, or to book a fitting visit transurban.com/kidsafeqld

What parents think about the program

As a first-time mum Erin Shetty she knows she still has a lot to learn, but is comforted knowing her car seat is now safe for her to bring her baby girl home from hospital.

“I had thought about getting my car seat professionally fitted - but with this program being free I didn’t hesitate, and I will be recommending the service to my family and friends” Erin said.

However, a car seat fitting is not a set and forget activity, and the Kidsafe service means parents can continue to have peace of mind as their children grow and transition into larger car seats.

Alison Knipe, a mother of four children, is also benefiting from the program.

Alison says she knows Kidsafe are the experts in child safety and she’s pleased to see more and more parents accessing this professional service.

“It’s just one less thing you have to worry about as a parent”

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