Nearly 85 per cent of child restraints checked by the RACT – in partnership with Kidsafe Tasmania – since the end of 2015 have needed to be adjusted to be made safe.

RACT Motoring Services manager Peter Gillon said while many of the adjustments required more recently were minor, adjustments were still required.

“Eighty five per cent is about the national average, which is unacceptably high,” he said.

Mr Gillon said child restraints were a critical life-saving device, so it was vitally important that they were fitted correctly.

“We understand that parents can often find installing a child restraint confusing or difficult,” he said.

“The RACT employs nationally accredited child restraint fitters to provide assistance to parents and grandparents.”

Mr Gillon said common mistakes included using a restraint that was more than 10-years-old, not following the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the child’s age and height or fastening it somewhere other than the designated anchor point.

“Unfortunately, in some cases we have seen a combination of all of these errors,” he said.

Today’s free child restraint check was conducted in partnership with Kidsafe Tasmania as part of Road Safety Week 2017.

The free service is designed to provide education and practical help to protect the lives of young people travelling in cars.