MORE than half of all child car seats checked by Caerphilly Council’s Trading Standards department were found to have failed a safety test.

A team of experts from the council carried out 100 free safety checks at a recent event at the Asda store in Caerphilly but found 53 per cent to have at least one fault.

The news comes after the council announced it is offering free child seat safety tests to families across the borough to ensure their children are travelling safely.

Many of the safety faults with the seats were found to be minor and easily rectified, including incorrectly adjusted harnesses.

Councillor David Poole, cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “With just a little extra knowledge parents can ensure their children are safe during car journeys and hopefully these checks will help prevent injuries in the future.”

Parents can also check their car seat at Morrisons store in Bargoed on Friday, August 15, between 9.30am and 4pm. For more information call 01495 235 291.