CHILD SEAT COM­PLI­CA­TIONS

We re­move the guess­work from buy­ing and us­ing a car seat

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The way you fit a child seat can af­fect your kid’s safety. Are you in­stalling them cor­rectly; do you know what Isofix is; and what else do you need to do to en­sure your child is safely seated?

L ast year, clas­si­fieds web­site gi­ant Gumtree re­ported that al­most half of South African par­ents do not own child car seats; yet, since 2015, it’s il­le­gal for kids younger than three years to not be strapped into a child seat while the ve­hi­cle is mov­ing. And the rea­sons why the law ex­ists are very good ones. Ac­cord­ing to driver train­ing com­pany MasterDrive, a child can move for­ward with a force of 30 times their weight in a crash if they are not buck­led up. Ar­rive Alive, mean­while, re­ports that a re­view of var­i­ous United States stud­ies has shown that child seats that are cor­rectly in­stalled and used for chil­dren younger than five years can re­duce the need for hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion by 69%. The risk of death for in­fants is re­duced by 70% and for chil­dren aged be­tween one and four years by as much as 54%. If you’re one of the re­spon­si­ble par­ents who straps in your sprogs, give your­self a de­served pat on the back and then make sure you’re us­ing the seat cor­rectly. Ac­cord­ing to road-safety ad­vo­cates wheel­well.co.za, these are the com­mon mis­takes a lot of peo­ple make when it comes to child seats: 1. Us­ing the wrong kind of car seat; 2. Not reg­is­ter­ing the seat with the man­u­fac­turer; 3. Not se­cur­ing the seat ad­e­quately to the ve­hi­cle; 4. Not se­cur­ing the child to the seat prop­erly; 5. Not us­ing booster seats for older chil­dren; 6. Ig­nor­ing car seat re­calls.

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