New child restraint laws
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.’’