New research from car insurer LV= has found that one in six UK drivers are flouting child seat laws.
The law requires all drivers to ensure that all children under 12 and shorter than 135cm use a child or booster seat.
It is thought that without this the risk of fatality or injury in the event of an accident rises by 71 per cent and 69 per cent respectively.
If you fail to follow the law you can risk incurring a potential penalty fine of £500.
The LV= study shows that children are most vulnerable when travelling with friends of the family, with 26 per cent of those admitting to not using car child seats.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= Car Insurance, said: "We’d urge all drivers to make sure they’re aware of the guidelines – child seats can take just five minutes to install and greatly reduce the chances of injury to everyone in the car."
In 2007 there were over 3,000 child casualties resulting from road accidents, including 121 fatalities.
Written by Trevor Coffee