CHILD SEAT COMPLICATIONS
We remove the guesswork from buying and using a car seat
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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