Plun­ket gives out car seat ad­vice

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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