Yes you are absolutely right to make sure that you get the best advise there is available in your area, I would recommend that you look to see if they have the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health qualification in Child Seat Safety Awareness. We have a list of qualified advisors across the UK and if you visit our web site www.childseatsafety.co.uk you can find someone who will be happy to help, don’t worry if there is no one local, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will hopefully be able to find you someone nearby.
My other recommendation would be to do some homework before you go to purchase the seat, check out what would suit your needs, Take the cars along that you want to use the restraint in and find out your grandchild’s weight in kilos – even better take them with you if you can.
Also check out the Which? car seat retailer charter, this is a list of issues/ questions that the retailer should ask you, if they don’t ask you, it’s always advisable to tell them, so they have a very good picture of what you need to keep your precious cargo safe.
Always ask the retailer to fit the seat into your car(s) – as they’ll need to see it all in place to give you the correct advice. If you have any doubts about their advice or the fitting, don’t purchase the seat straight away, go away and do some further investigation into the restraint and your car.