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Cornish Children at Risk in Car

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:13am 27th April 2012

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish parents are breaking the law over car booster seats, without realising.

A new report says two thirds of mum and dads in the south west stop using them two years too early.

It is illegal to get rid of the seats before children reach the age of twelve, or a height of 135 centimetres.

According to the research, more than half did not even understand the purpose of booster seats.

In Redruth one mum we asked about the height limits said, "I think it's ninety centimetres, but I put my nine year old in one and my five year old in one."

Another mother added, "I'm going use a booster seat until my son is twelve or the right height. Child safety is number one."

One dad said, "There's quite a few parents out there who just put their kids into a normal seat without even thinking, do their kids need a booster seat?"

Martin Howard from road safety charity Brake said, "The reason for the booster seat is it keeps kids safe should there be a collision. It keeps the seat belt in the right place and gives them the best chance of surviving without being injured."

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