Group eyes child seat safety scheme

Higher-priced child car seats are not necessarily safer than their cheaper counterparts, new research has claimed.

A demonstration project by transport research laboratory Tirol (TRL) concluded that there was no simple connection between the expense of a child seat and how well it would perform.

The study also claimed that the safety and usability of a child car seat is not automatically lower if less is spent on it.

A TRL team examined six everyday infant-carrier seats, each below £100 in cost, and two got a four-star rating, two were awarded three stars and two ended up with one star.

The researchers have advocated the introduction of a child seat rating scheme, which they claim could prevent six children dying in road crashes each year and 95 serious injuries among infants.

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