A Problem Shared… Seat Belt Showdown

A Problem Shared | by | 26th Feb 2016

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Dan is a dad from Wrexham. He’s having trouble with getting his son to keep his seat belt on, and he’s concerned about his safety. He’s asked A Problem Shared… for advice.

My son has just learned how to undo his seat belt and keeps undoing it while I’m driving and getting out of his car seat, which is terrifying!

I tell him off but he still does it. I’m really afraid of him getting hurt, especially if I had to brake suddenly.

Can anyone help? Is there some sort of ‘seat belt lock’ I can buy?

Our FamilyPoint advice to Dan

Thank you for contacting FamilyPoint Cymru.

This sounds like a tricky situation and also very worrying for you.

There is a lot of information and advice out there on what to do if a child undoes their seat belt in the car. Some companies sell devices to help children stop undoing seat belts, however, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (as mentioned on the government website www.gov.uk) “does not recommend any device which affects the working of a seat belt, a harness or a buckle. It may reduce the effectiveness of the seat belt or harness in an accident (causing more injuries to the child), and could also be difficult to undo in an emergency”.

They then provide points that may help to stop your child undoing their seatbelt here.

The AA also have some tips here, which you may find useful.

If you feel this is something you’d like to talk to us about in more detail, you can contact us by phone – 0300 222 57 57, text – 07860 052 905 or instant message via our website www.familypoint.cymru

We are open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 2pm.

We hope this information helps and that it all works out ok soon.

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