New child re­straint laws

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Changes to child re­straint laws come into force in less than three months.

From Novem­ber 1, chil­dren up to the age of 7 will be re­quired to be cor­rectly se­cured in an ap­proved re­straint.

NZ Trans­port Agency road safety di­rec­tor Ernst Zoll­ner said proper re­straints saved lives and pre­vented se­ri­ous in­juries in a crash.

‘‘We want to make sure all par­ents have the in­for­ma­tion they need to make sure their chil­dren are safely se­cured when­ever they travel,’’ Mr Zoll­ner said.

Ac­cord­ing to Plun­ket, the most suit­able type of re­straint will de­pend on the child’s size. If not po­si­tioned cor­rectly, the shoul­der por­tion of a safety belt can cut across a child’s neck and face in a crash.

Ap­proved child re­straints in­clude baby cap­sules for in­fants, car seats for older ba­bies, tod­dlers and pre-school­ers, booster seats for pre-school­ers and school-aged chil­dren, and a child safety har­ness (used with or with­out a booster seat) for older chil­dren. Mr Zoll­ner said for safety rea­sons child re­straints used in New Zealand had to be ap­proved and dis­play stan­dards mark­ings to show they were ap­proved and safe.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant driv­ers make sure chil­dren trav­el­ling in their ve­hi­cle are cor­rectly se­cured in a well-fit­ted and ap­proved child re­straint no mat­ter how short the jour­ney.’’

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