The baby- safe ISOFIX

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - LIGHTBOX -

of mod­ern pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to se­cur­ing safety seats with just the ve­hi­cle’s seat belts – which al­lows a lot of lat­eral move­ment. “The nice thing about the ISOFIX (sys­tem) is that it’s solid, you can’t move it around,” says Niël Burger, who deals with new ve­hi­cle sales at Land Rover Cape Town. It’s a sad re­al­ity that South Africa has quite a high rate of child deaths as a re­sult of traf­fic ac­ci­dents. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, 348 child pas­sen­gers were killed in traf­fic ac­ci­dents be­tween 2008 and 2011 in South Africa, and in the Western Cape road ac­ci­dent fa­tal­i­ties in­cluded 146 pas­sen­gers un­der the age of 14. Seven­tyeight of those chil­dren were dis­cov­ered out­side of the ve­hi­cle – a clear in­di­ca­tion that they were not re­strained. The new reg­u­la­tions re­quire that all chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and four­teen, ex­cept where the child is taller than one and a half me­ters, use a child re­straint in the form of an in­fant or booster safety seat, or wear a seat belt in the ab­sence of a safety seat. The sys­tem cov­ers both Group 0 (rear fac­ing baby seat from birth to six or nine months, or be­tween zero and 10kg), Group 0+ (for­ward and rear fac­ing baby seat from birth to 12 or 15 months, or be­tween zero and 18kg), and Group 1 (for­ward fac­ing child seat for ages nine months to four years, or nine to 18kg) child safety seats and is de­signed to se­cure a max­i­mum com­bined weight, of both seat and child, of ap­prox­i­mately 29.5kg. The rear-fac­ing in­fant seat has been dubbed the ‘or­phan seat’ as a re­sult of chil­dren safely re­strained in these de­vices of­ten be­ing the sole sur­vivors of se­vere traf­fic col­li­sions. The ISOFIX rear-fac­ing in­fant seat works to­gether with a base which re­mains se­cure in the car while the in­fant car­rier can easily, but se­curely, be in­serted and re­moved so as not to dis­turb the baby. “Fol­low­ing this there is then ISOFIT, where a seat is fit­ted to the same an­chor­ing points, and the child is re­strained us­ing the ve­hi­cle’s seat­belt,” says Burger. The ISOFIT sys­tem is for Group 2 (High-back booster seat for ages four to six years, or 15 to 25kg) and Group 3 (boosted cush­ion for ages six to 11 years, or 22 to 36kg) seats, which an­chor to the ve­hi­cle us­ing the same three at­tach­ment points. The ISOFIT al­lows the child to be held into the seat us­ing the ve­hi­cle’s ex­ist­ing seat belt sys­tem. Trans­port Min­is­ter, Dipuo Peters, has urged all par­ents to in­vest in child car seats say­ing that no amount of money will be worth the life of the child. The ISOFIX-base will cost up­wards of R1 399 and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing Group 0/0+ seats will cost up­wards of R2 300.

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