Reclassify the sale of infant car seats and baby products as essential retail

Reclassify the sale of infant car seats and baby products as essential retail

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Victoria Blankenstein started this petition to SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

Under the current Tier 4 COVID 19 rules the sale of baby equipment such as prams, cots and most importantly, infant and child car seats are not considered to be essential retail. 

This is something that the government must address urgently.  

A child cannot be transported safely in a vehicle without a correctly fitting car seat. Indeed, it is against the law, except in very limited circumstances, to transport children without a suitable properly fitting car seat.  As the rules stand at the moment, parents and parents-to-be are unable to attend at a retailer to obtain advice, be guided on how to correctly fit a car seat and to try out potential car seats in their vehicle to ensure a good fit, due to this not being deemed as an essential service. We disagree and believe that this is absolutely essential. In 2019, according to gov.uk website, there were 1,752 reported road deaths and over 150,000 casualties in reported road traffic accidents. Even after the least severe accident, a minor bump, a child car seat requires to be replaced as the integrity of the car seat can be adversely affected. 
This situation requires to be rectified as quickly as possible for the safety of babies born during this pandemic and children who are outgrowing their first stage seats. 

Furthermore, babies continue to be born, regardless of whether there is a global pandemic ongoing or not. Expectant parents require prams, nursery equipment and nursery furniture so that baby has a safe place to sleep when they are brought home from the hospital. At the moment they have no opportunity to test whether these products will be suitable before buying them.
Baby products are often a large expense for new parents and for them to not be able to ensure the products they are buying will be suitable for them, before purchase, is unfair and entirely unreasonable in this difficult economic climate. 

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