Child safety and dodgy tyres on cars and vans

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child father tyres

The 20-year-old driver of a Vauxhall Zafira pulled over by the Roads Policing Team on Monday 7 January, 2019 has been shamed for his driving offences.

Police found a three-year-old child without a seatbelt, or a suitable car seat, inside the vehicle. The vehicle had two defective tyres that were so worn the cords were exposed and the driver was uninsured! The car was seized by police. The driver’s going to court.

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

  • Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old. You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.
  • Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.
  • The seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight.
  • Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.

There is no excuse for bald tyres; they can kill! The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. Keep a tyre depth gauge handy in your vehicle. They cost just a few pounds. Check tyres for wear and damage regularly and, if you’ve hit a deep pot hold hard, pull over safely and check all is well. Wheel or tyre damage could have been caused. We strongly advise no-one opts for part worn as they could have been involved in an accident and you have no tyre history.

We can repair or change tyres for new at Bushey Hall Garage. We will never fit part worn tyres. It is just one of the services we provide for customers at our Bushey base! Problem? Get expert advice.

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