Ozzie firm solves chil­dren un­buck­ling

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AUS­TRALIAN com­pany Buckle Me Up has launched a sen­sor that will make an alarm when the child in the back seat un­buck­les his or her seat belt.

The kit has an alarm will sound and a light that flashes red when any back­seat pas­sen­ger un­buck­les dur­ing a jour­ney. The light is green when all pas­sen­gers are buck­led up.

The com­pany quotes a Yale Med­i­cal School study in 2010 that showed of half of 378 par­ents sur­veyed, had re­ported at least one of their chil­dren had man­aged to un­buckle their seat­belt at some point. 40% of those “un­buck­lers” did so while the car was mov­ing.

All the moth­ers sur­veyed as part of the com­pany us­abil­ity study con­ducted in 2014 re­mem­bered an in­ci­dent when their own child had un­buck­led their seat­belt with­out per­mis­sion.

The com­pany said a study con­ducted last year by the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Road Safety and Trans­port in New South Wales had showed more chil­dren are se­ri­ously in­jured as pas­sen­gers in cars rather than as pedes­tri­ans, adding chil­dren be­tween the seven and 12 are at great­est risk of se­ri­ous in­jury.

The Buckle Me Up kit costs AU$189 (R1 712). Two ex­tra car­tridges can be or­dered for $39,95 (R362), in­clud­ing ship­ping. — WR.

PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB

All the moth­ers sur­veyed said their chil­dren had un­buck­led them­selves with­out per­mis­sion at one point

dur­ing a jour­ney.

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