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01/05/2013 at 13:01
Really sad car seat story here. I'll certainly be checking all my kids heights and weights again after reading this.
very unfair for the poor mother though, I can't believe she got 25% of the blame for using the wrong seat. I would give 100% of the blame to the driver that crashed into them on the wrong side of the road
01/05/2013 at 13:06
Gosh what a terrible story
01/05/2013 at 13:11
Totally agree with you on who is to blame. What a dreadful story and how unfair on the mother - it states that the girl was heavy enough for the seat, and as for being short of the age, that's daft, my huge son was in a high backed booster at 3 as he was over 18kg. We're always told that it's weight which matters most for carseats, I can understand why some parents are so confused.
01/05/2013 at 13:14
Yes it's very confusing, I've been googling to try and find a good site but no luck, anyone got a good link? Do we have to wait for them to reach all the criteria - weight age and height? I have been going by weight and now I feel really guilty for possibly/probably using the wrong seat and putting my child at risk
01/05/2013 at 13:16
Do you think they had just a booster cushion since it mentions the word "cushion" as few times rather than having a high back booster, in which case I guess you can be too short for the seatbelt, whereas HBB's you can adjust the height the seatbelt is at?
Awful story, that poor mother.
01/05/2013 at 13:18
The thing is that the seats are only tested to the maximum weight so I'd be wary of putting a heavier child in a seat that they had outgrown. Joshua was 18kg at just about 3, so exceeding the maximum weight for the 5 point harness on his seat so we had to take the harness out and just use the seat with the seatbelt but I'd definitely consider weight and height to be far more important than age. If we'd waited until he was 4, he'd have been a good kilo or two over the max weight which would have worried me.
01/05/2013 at 13:47
As far as I can see from the article, its an argument about which insurers pay out for the claim. In this case, by saying that she was too short and too young for the seat, the insurers of the driver who caused the crash are able to push the costs back onto the mother's insurers. Which just goes to show that insurers will argue over the finer details of any tragedy rather than just paying out the money.
01/05/2013 at 14:19
Sounds like a very iffy decision to me, and agree it's down to the insurance companies being a-holes and trying to get out of paying the poor child's medical costs. Disgusting.
C is desperate to go in the booster seat with a back like his brother. I weighed him the other day and he's around 3kg short of the minimum weight so in the Stage 2 seat he remains. I know a lot of people who don't bother reading the instructions for these seats, in fact one of my best mates has her son who's shorter and lighter than C puts him in a booster seat anyway. I just wouldn't take the risk.
01/05/2013 at 14:24
Sshh my cousin is the same as soon as her boy turned 3 he was in the front of her car on one of those Asda booster seat things L keeps asking when he can sit in K's seat (his sister), he' probably can go into the next stage now so we will go Kiddicare at the weekend and see what options we have.
01/05/2013 at 15:02
Such an awful story, the poor mother will have to live with that labelling by the judge for the rest of her life.
01/05/2013 at 19:13
B moved into a high backed booster seat at 29 months because he was too tall for his car seat that was supposed to last him until he was four years old. After going to Halfords that was what they recommended us to do because he was so tall. He was nowhere near the right age and only wearing a thick coat was he the right mass. I may be facing the same problem with U soon and will be asking Jelly Baby's advice. But the website that she recommened is something like childcarseats.org.uk
But I totally agree with DS what a horrible label to carry with you for the rest of your life even though it is jsut a financial label
01/05/2013 at 19:38
Shocking! So to get out of paying all costs as their client was totally off his head on drink and drugs, the insurance companies have argued it out for 7 years! What supporting information has made them reach that she was 25% responsible? Surely he took the decision to drink/drug drive so there fore he is 100% responsible! I can't see how they have plucked 25% from thin air
01/05/2013 at 22:22
It was a booster cushion which specified a minimum age, height and weight in the instruction. I know it is harsh but I actually think that she should take some of the responsibility. If her child had been in an appropriate restraint then the injuries sustained would not have been the same.
02/05/2013 at 10:34
Oh how awful. I have to say though, if that was me in the mothers position, I'd feel like I was to blame anyway. She did put her child in the wrong seat.
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