Kids' car seats carry more germs than average toilet

A new study has revealed children's car seats carry a range of germs and bacteria

Peugeot 508 SW child seat

Children's car seats carry twice as many dangerous germs as the average toilet, a new study by the University of Birmingham has revealed.

The car seats swabbed by scientists had 100 germs per square centimetre, compared to just 50 germs in the same area of a toilet. Bugs found included bacteria that can lead to illnesses such as E. coli and salmonella. 

Birmingham University also swabbed 20 cars and homes, and found that cars contain more potentially hazardous bacterial and fungal species. The footwell was the filthiest area in a car, with several thousand germs per square centimetre.

• Death of the tax-disc: what it means

To support the study, Continental Tyres surveyed 2,000 motorists and found half regularly drive in vehicles full of clutter, while one in 10 admitted having an accident or near-miss due to the mess in their car. 

Nearly two-thirds of drivers aren’t aware of the health risks posed by a dirty car, with one in five admitting they only clean inside their car once a year – usually before taking it to a garage.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental, said: “Clutter and germs can present a real hazard. For example, a can or bottle rolling under a brake pedal would be very serious.”

Read more about declining driving standards in the UK here...

Most Popular

New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5
MG 7 - side
News

New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5

The new MG7 saloon has been teased ahead of its August reveal
8 Aug 2022
UK petrol and diesel prices: unleaded to fall below 175p
High fuel prices. £2 per litre
News

UK petrol and diesel prices: unleaded to fall below 175p

Average price of petrol expected to fall below 175p per litre for the first time since early June
12 Aug 2022
New Kia XCeed facelift gets £22,995 price tag
Kia XCeed - front
News

New Kia XCeed facelift gets £22,995 price tag

Tech, design and interior updates make up a series of subtle but important enhancements for Kia’s big-selling family crossover
11 Aug 2022