Booster seats get sub­sidy

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

ACC and Plun­ket have joined forces to sub­sidise more than 10,000 new car booster seats for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Card hold­ers.

The seats can be pur­chased from Plun­ket’s Car Seat Ser­vice for just $50 each.

Af­ter a re­cent law change, all chil­dren un­der 7 must use an ap­proved child re­straint ap­pro­pri­ate for their age and size when trav­el­ling in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Plun­ket na­tional child safety ad­viser Sue Camp­bell is urg­ing el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies to take up this of­fer.

‘‘It’s rec­om­mended that any child less than 148 cen­time­tres tall con- tin­ues to use a booster seat to keep them safe, re­gard­less of their age.

‘‘So this ini­tia­tive will help fam­i­lies com­ply with the law and help them keep their chil­dren safer un­til they’re ready to move out of a booster seat.’’

ACC re­ceives around 30,000 claims a year for in­juries re­sult­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes. Around 1000 in­volve chil­dren aged 7 and un­der.

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