Plunket gives out car seat advice
Plunket, the largest provider of services to support the health and development of young Kiwi children, has words of advice for all parents and drivers.
Even if it’s only a short journey, all children need to be restrained in a car seat or booster seat, and buckled in every time they are riding in the car.
As not all car seats fit all vehicles, it is really important to try it in your vehicle before you buy or hire it.
Be sure to read the manual and follow the installation instructions. For a car seat to performcorrectly in an accident it needs to be installed correctly. The safest place for all car seats is the back seat, away from the airbags that are in car dashboards
Parents and caregivers should seek expert assistance from a child restraint technician, available through Plunket as well as from a number of other hire outlets or retailers.
Free checks are available to ensure that children’s car seats fit and are installed correctly. Technicians can also advise about the best car seat for your child’s age and weight, and one that is best suited to your car. Plunket services are available free to families with children aged 0 to 5. Plunket has 300 branches, operatesmobile clinics, and the free 24-hour PlunketLine, 0800 933 922.