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Child Restraints

Media Release

 July 2016

Free Help to Make Sure Your Child Car Seat is Safe

 All parents want their children to be as safe as possible in the car; however a lot of confusion exists as to the type of child restraint to use initially, and at what age or size to progress to the next stage of restraint.  

 Research by the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) shows that the highest levels of protection are provided when your child is in the correct restraint. However currently, 2 in 3 child car seats are not being used properly and/or are incorrectly fitted.

 Council’s Road Safety Officer advises “Returning to school after the holiday season is a busy time for families endeavouring to get kids to school on time.”

 For peace of mind, Council suggests parents and carers take the opportunity to ensure all child restraints are correctly fitted.

 Current Child Restraint Laws

  • Children younger than six months must be restrained in an approved rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged between six months and four years must be restrained in an approved rearward or forward facing restraint.
  • Children aged between four and seven years must be restrained in an approved forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children younger than four years must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged between four years and seven years must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint.

 Council also cautions – “You may have chosen the correct restraint, but is it correctly fitted?”

 A poorly fitted child restraint will not protect your child properly if you are involved in a crash. Each year in Australia many children are killed or injured in road crashes because they are unrestrained or are not restrained correctly. A child’s chance of surviving a serious crash significantly increases when they are seated in a correctly fitted and appropriate child restraint.

 Have you ever thought about having your child restraint checked?

 The best way to be sure that a restraint is fitted to the manufacturer’s specifications is to take it to an Authorised Restraint Fitting station to be fitted or checked.

 Your closest authorised restraint fitting station is SG Chambers P/L. Cootamundra.

 Free restraint fitting checks will be available from Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July 2015 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

 Bookings are essential. Call 02 6942 2144 to make a booking.

 For further information about child car seat safety ratings visit www.childcarseats.com.au.

 For further information about child restraint fitting sites visit http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 

 


2 in 3 Child Car Seats Are Not Being Used Properly

All parents want their children to be as safe as possible in the car; however a lot of confusion exists as to the type of child restraint to use initially, and at what age or size to progress to the next stage of restraint.  

Studies by Transport for NSW and the Centre for Road Safety show that the highest levels of protection are provided when your child is in the correct restraint.  However current indications are that 2 in 3 child car seats are not being used properly and/or are incorrectly fitted.

Council’s Road Safety Officer, Michelle Doolan, advises “Returning to school after the holiday season is a busy time for families who are back on the road in force endeavouring to get kids to school on time.”

For peace of mind, she suggests parents and carers take the opportunity to ensure all child restraints are correctly fitted.

Current Child Restraint Laws

  • Children younger than six months must be restrained in an approved rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged between six months and four years must be restrained in an approved rearward or forward facing restraint.
  • Children aged between four and seven years must be restrained in an approved forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children younger than four years must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged between four years and seven years must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint.

Ms Doolan also cautions – “You may have chosen the correct restraint, but is it correctly fitted?”

A poorly fitted child restraint will not protect your child properly if you are involved in a crash. Each year in Australia, children are needlessly killed or injured in road crashes because they are unrestrained or are not restrained correctly. A child’s chance of surviving a serious crash increases by 60 per cent if they are seated in a correctly fitted and appropriate child restraint.

Have you ever thought about having your child restraint checked?

The best way to be sure that a restraint is fitted to the manufacturer’s specifications is to take it to an RMS approved fitting station to be fitted or checked.

Your closest authorised restraint fitting station is SG Chambers P/L. Cootamundra.

For further information on car seat safety ratings visit www.childcarseats.com.au.

For further information on child restraint fitting sites visit http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au