SAFETY FIRST!

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If you’re driv­ing to your hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion this year, keep in mind the safety of chil­dren in the car. Make sure they’re tucked in to a South African Bureau of Stan­dards (SABS) ap­proved seat that’s cor­rect for their age, height and weight. You’ll know whether or not you need to move on to the next stage when your child no longer fits into their cur­rent re­straint.

NEW-BORN TO 12 MONTHS: Rear-fac­ing car seats should be used for ba­bies un­til they weigh 13kg or are 75cm tall. This pro­vides the best pro­tec­tion as, in the event of a col­li­sion, the force will be spread over the larger area of the in­fant’s back, in­stead of the un­der­de­vel­oped neck and pro­por­tion­ally big­ger head, when thrown for­ward.

TWO TO FIVE YEARS: Some pricier seats can ac­com­mo­date kids up to 115cm or 25kg, but less ex­pen­sive, good qual­ity, safe and se­cure for­ward­fac­ing car seat op­tions are avail­able. En­sure they can re­cline and have an eas­ily ad­justable har­ness and head­rest. These seats should keep them go­ing un­til they’re 105cm tall and up to 18kg.

FIVE TO 12 YEARS OR 1.5M: If they weigh 18-25kg, they should travel in a se­cured for­ward-fac­ing and high-backed booster seat. They can up­grade to a booster cush­ion when they weigh 25-36kg.

Sources: Ar­rivealive.co.za, Child­safe.org.za and Carseat­full­stop.org

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